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 have submitted and paid for your request for pre-application advice, we will aim to acknowledge that we have received your application and tell you which case officer has been allocated to your case, within 10 workings days.

Once your pre-application has been acknowledged, we will aim to provide a written response within 4 weeks for householder advice and 6 weeks for other types of advice.

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 only.
(Minor) 500 to 999 square metres  £980.40 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice only.
(Major) 1000 to 1999 square metres  £1,548 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice only.
(Major) 2000 to 9999 square metres  £3,240 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice only.
(Major) 10000 plus square metres  £3,577.20 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice only.
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 only.

 

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 only.
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 only.
Discharge of conditions (only for major schemes)  £276 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice only.
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 only.
Telecoms  £360 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice only.
Listed building (for listed building consent only)  £300 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice only.
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 only.

 

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 only.
(Minor) 3 to 9 dwellings  £994.80 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice only.
(Major) 10 to 24 dwellings  £1,542.00 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice only.
(Major) 25 to 50 dwellings  £2,313.60 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice only.
(Major) 51 to 100 dwellings  £3,320.40 Background research about your site and proposal. A site visit from a planning officer. Written advice only.
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. The follow-up advice includes a 1-hour meeting with the Planning Officer to clarify points raised within the written response and/or to discuss only very minor alterations to a scheme.

Planning Performance Agreements

As part of its enhanced planning service, the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service offers the opportunity for applicants to enter into a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA).

This sits alongside our existing pre-application advice service.

A PPA is a project management tool which allows all parties to agree timescales, actions and resources for handling planning applications. To find out more please visit the Planning Performance Agreements webpage on the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service website.

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