This service provides you with an informal discussion with a planning officer. The level of advice offered is restricted to discussing the main issues that become apparent to the planning officer during the meeting. Due to the informal nature of the service any advice given is provided verbally only, and will hold no weight during the determination of a formal planning application. No advice will be given about whether planning permission is required.
Meetings will normally be held at council offices and the planning officer attending will not normally carry out any preparation by, for example, researching the history of the site.
Meetings normally last about 30 minutes and no longer than one hour. We will contact you to arrange a date for the meeting which will normally be within four weeks of the request. During periods of high demand this may take longer.
It is recommended that, after the meeting, you seek further pre-application advice at service levels 2 or 3.
This service is not available in relation for householder schemes (proposals to extend or alter an existing dwelling), except for requests that solely seek advice about how to preserve the historic character of a listed building.