This guidance note explains how we will handle requests for pre-application and other planning advice and is intended for anyone who uses the service.
We are able to provide you with advice and information on matters relating to planning. In order to provide the best possible advice and information within an appropriate timescale, however, it is important that you also provide us with as much clear information as possible regarding your proposed development.
In the case of pre-application advice, the service is intended to provide you with an indication as to whether your proposal is likely to gain planning permission or not; what the key planning issues are likely to be; and, what you would need to submit with any subsequent application that you make.
In the case of advice in respect of permitted development rights, the service is intended to provide you with an officer opinion as to whether planning permission is required for your proposals. However, it should be noted that this is informal advice and as such does not have the same status as a Certificate of Lawfulness.
In order for us to be able to sustain and improve the levels of service, a range of charges were introduced in April 2010, in addition to the nationally set application fees. However, we have been undertaking a review of how best to meet the needs of our customers and the decision has been taken to cease to charge for advice in respect of permitted development rights and in the case of a request for pre-application advice which is not a “major” development (as defined by the Department for Communities and Local Government – DCLG).
The revised charges set out under Section 7 of this guidance note will apply to all enquiries received on or after 1st April 2017, and are inclusive of VAT which currently stands at 20%.
Your attention is drawn to the new tariff of charges within this guidance note.
Please also note the timeframes for providing advice.
The provision of planning advice services has been considered by, and agreed with, the other district councils across Worcestershire (Bromsgrove, Redditch, Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon), in order to ensure a consistent approach amongst neighbouring authorities.
We encourage and welcome the opportunity to provide advice and guidance before any formal planning application is made. There are considerable benefits in seeking planning advice before making an application:
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