Pre-application advice

Pre-application advice

Duty planner service

For domestic (householder) queries only, we offer 15 minutes of free advice and guidance with a duty planning officer to support you with your planning application relating to your home. The duty planner can answer questions about:

  • the planning application process for householder applications
  • how householder planning applications are assessed
  • conditions that have been attached to a householder planning permission
  • extensions, conservatories or a porch
  • a garage or outbuilding
  • new or altered vehicle access
  • dormer windows or roof alterations
  • a wall or fence
  • new windows or doors

The appointments are over the phone and available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:40am to 12:20pm.

Book a duty planner appointment online

Pre-application meeting and/or written advice

We offer various kinds of paid-for pre-application advice, which can save time and money for anyone considering submitting a planning application. Options range from a 30-minute video call consultation, through to meetings and written responses from specialist officers. This service can:

  • identify the main planning issues for your proposal and how you could address them
  • tell you what you need to submit with your planning application
  • speed up the overall process of getting planning permission
  • reduce the costs of your eventual application
  • avoid applications getting rejected by us due to insufficient information or applying for the wrong type of permission.

Our pre-application advice service cannot guarantee that any subsequent application will be approved, but it will give you an indication of how successful it may be.

How long does it take?

After you submit and pay for your request for advice, you will receive an email within 5 working days, to confirm that we have got your application and tell you which planning officer will be dealing with it.

The case officer will normally contact you within 8 working days and arrange a site visit if required.

We will respond to a householder pre-application within 4 weeks, and other types of pre-applications within 6 weeks. These timescales relate to requests for written responses, and start from the time the request is submitted.

How much does it cost?

Fees are shown in the different categories below.

Fees are waived for Parish Councils, small charities and applications specifically required for the needs of disabled persons.

Payment is taken online via a credit or debit card.

Apply for pre-application advice

You will need to electronically submit, at minimum, the following information so we understand your proposal and can assign it to someone who can help:

  • site location plan
  • payment
The below online forms replace the paper/email application forms, which will no longer be accepted from 30 November 2020.
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Service Cost (including VAT) What's included
30 minute householder advice  £90 30 minute meeting (not including site visit, and does not include written response) for simple alterations, for example, conservatories, repair work, garden shed.
Householder (no site visit)  £180 Background research on your property and a written response only.
Householder (including a site visit)  £276 Background research on your property, a 1-hour meeting on site and a written response. 

 

Request householder pre-application advice

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Service Cost (including VAT) What's included
(Minor) up to 499 square metres  £747.60 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer.  Written advice and feedback.
(Minor) 500 to 999 square metres  £980.40 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer.  Written advice and feedback.
(Major) 1000 to 1999 square metres  £1,548 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer.  Written advice and feedback.
(Major) 2000 to 9999 square metres  £3,240 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer.  Written advice and feedback.
(Major) 10000 plus square metres  £3,577.20 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer.  Written advice and feedback.
Complex developments  Bespoke  The pricing will be tailored to your needs.
Small businesses (9 employees or fewer)  £276 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer.  Written advice and feedback.

 

Request non-residential pre-application advice

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Service Cost (including VAT) What's included
Agriculture  £408 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice and feedback.
Wind/solar
  • Under 1 hectare £672
  • More than 1 hectare £3,036
Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice and feedback.
Discharge of conditions (only for major schemes)  £276 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice and feedback.
Student accommodation  50% of the base fee for similar sized residential developments  Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice and feedback.
Telecoms  £360 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice and feedback.
Listed building (for listed building consent only)  £300 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice and feedback.
Change of use  75% of the base fee for similar sized residential developments  Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer.  Written advice and feedback.

 

Request other pre-application advice

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Service

Cost (including VAT) What's included
(Minor) 1 to 2 dwellings  £380.40 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer.  Written advice and feedback.
(Minor) 3 to 9 dwellings  £994.80 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer.  Written advice and feedback.
(Major) 10 to 24 dwellings  £1,542.00 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer.  Written advice and feedback.
(Major) 25 to 50 dwellings  £2,313.60 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer.  Written advice and feedback.
(Major) 51 to 100 dwellings  £3,320.40 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer.  Written advice and feedback.
100 plus dwellings  Bespoke  The pricing will be tailored to your needs.

 

Request residential pre-application advice

Agents, developers and those applying on behalf of someone else

When you complete the form via the above link you will be prompted to register for our customer portal. If you aren't a resident of South Cambs, then you can complete as a guest.

If you are a resident of South Cambs, please use or register for a personalised My South Cambs account, where you can access personalised information, such as Council Tax.

Pre-application follow up

Pre-application follow-up advice is only available after a pre-application written response has been issued and agreement with the planning officer assigned to your case.

Planning Performance Agreements

A planning performance agreement is a project management tool which the local planning authorities and applicants can use to agree timescales, actions and resources for handling particular applications.

A planning performance agreement does not differ from other forms of pre-application engagement. It does not commit the local planning authority to a particular outcome. It is instead a commitment to a process and timetable for determining an application.

A planning performance agreement could cover the pre-application and application stages but may also extend through to the post-application stage, including discharge of planning conditions. Planning performance agreements provide an ideal opportunity for identifying the preferred approach to community engagement, including the identification of the communities to involve, the process of engagement and the best approach to incorporating their views.

Planning performance agreements can be used on applications of varying size and complexity but can be particularly useful in setting out an efficient and transparent process for determining large and/or complex planning application. They encourage joint working between the applicant and local planning authority, and can also help to bring together other parties such as statutory consultees.

If you would like to discuss setting up a Planning Performance Agreement please contact us.

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