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Arrangements for pre application planning advice

The Council has operated a paid for pre-application advice system since April, 2011. We encourage and welcome the opportunity to provide advice before an application is made.

The Planning (Wales) Act 2015 (6th July, 2015) introduced new pre-application processes that will be key to the effective frontloading of applications. 

Section 18 of the Act introduced a new statutory requirement for Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) to provide a pre-application advice service.

The regulations set a standard, national fee for the purposes of the statutory pre-application service and this came into force on 16th March, 2016 under Parts 1 and 2 of the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications and Site Visits) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016. The regulations require LPAs to provide a written response to all valid pre-application enquiries within 21 days, unless an extension of time is agreed between the authority and applicant.

Any additional written advice from, or meetings/site visits with, LPAs regarding a pre-application enquiry will not form part of the statutory (basic level) service. 

However, the Welsh Government actively encourages LPAs to provide a more comprehensive pre-application service over and above the statutory minimum and recognise that this may be subject to a discretionary charge under section 93 of the Local Government Act 2003.

Our aim is to enable and promote high quality development.  We have reviewed our pre-application advice charging schedule and, whilst we have increased the charges compared to 2011 levels, they will enable us to provide a more responsive and professional service which will reduce uncertainty and be highly cost effective for people preparing a planning application.

Click here to view the guidance note and arrangements for charging

Welsh Government statutory pre-application service

For details of the above, please click here.

Last Updated: 15/06/2016
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