Pre-application advice

Pre-application advice

Save time and money with our pre-application advice service.

Before you submit a planning application consider using our pre-application advice service. It can save you time and money in the long run and can speed up the time it can take for your application to be considered. Our service can help you find out whether your proposed development would likely be accepted and what issues there may be before your submitting your planning application.

What the service includes

Our pre-application service can help:

  • identify key planning issues and requirements
  • speed up the development process
  • minimise subsequent planning application costs
  • avoid unfinished applications

Pricing

Our pre-application advice service is a paid for service. 

Payment is taken online via a credit or debit card.

  • All fees include VAT.
  • Specialist advice can be added at an additional cost. 
  • Further advice on the same development can be sought by replying to your pre-application's planning officer, who will agree a discounted rate with you as long as the development type has not significantly changed.
  • No pre-app fee payable for proposals where an application is due to an article 4 direction or where permitted development rights have been removed as the result of planning condition.
  • Mixed-use developments will be charged at the higher rate of either the residential or non-residential element.
  • No fee is payable for developments specifically required for the needs of disabled persons.
  • No fee is payable for developments required by and for Parish Councils.
  • No fee is payable for small charities.
  • We reserve the right to refuse to provide pre-application advice.
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Service Cost (including VAT) What's included
Free of charge, 15-minute meeting with a Duty Planner  Free of charge  15 minute pre-booked discussion, not including site visit. This free service will be of particular benefit to neighbours and those without firm plans. Book a duty planner appointment online
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. 
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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  £829.18 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer.  Written advice and feedback.
(Major) 10 to 24 dwellings  £1,284.90 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer.  Written advice and feedback.
(Major) 25 to 50 dwellings  £1,928.25 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer.  Written advice and feedback.
(Major) 51 to 100 dwellings  £2,767.20 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.
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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.
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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.

Apply for pre-application advice

You will need to submit the following information so we understand your proposal and can process it:

  • site location plan
  • outline of proposed buildings
  • photographs and sketch drawings
  • the correct fee

Householders (and those applying on your own behalf)

Apply online for pre-application advice

Agents, developers (and those applying on behalf of someone else)

Please complete the form via the above link however will be prompted to register for our customer portal. If you are a South Cambs resident then please do register for a personalised My South Cambs account, where you can access personalised information, such as, Council Tax. 

The process after you have applied

You will receive an acknowledgement to advise we have got your application and tell you which planning case officer will be dealing with it.

The case officer will normally contact you within 8 working days and arrange a site visit where applicable. They will also let you know when you will receive a written letter setting out informal advice on the proposed development. 

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