Advice before you submit a planning application
Benefits of using our pre-application planning advice service
Providing constructive informal advice to help shape and progress development proposals is an important part of our service. It can help shape schemes positively before too much time and money has been invested. It can also help us to identify at an early stage schemes that our planning officers do not believe are likely to get planning permission. In offering a pre-application advice service, we want to:-
- Identify adopted/emerging policies that are relevant to development proposals.
- Identify relevant planning guidance and other considerations.
- Identify external consultees, groups and residents with whom you might need to engage.
- Confirm documents and information which will be needed in a submission.
- Provide an indication of likely financial contributions (if any) which will be sought.
- Provide, where possible, an indication of whether officers think the proposal is likely to get a favourable recommendation in the light of policies and other material considerations.
- Where a scheme is not considered acceptable, provide guidance on what needs to be done to address concerns.
- Give an indication of means of determination and likely timescales.
From 1st July, 2015 there will be a charge for providing pre-application advice. From that date any requests for advice must be submitted on a standard form (which will be published on our web site along with the scale of charges).
Full Guidance on Pre-Application Planning Advice
At present the Council is unable to demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply as required by Welsh Government. This has resulted in a number of planning applications and enquiries for speculative development on sites outside settlement boundaries as defined in the adopted UDP. The Council has therefore drafted a Developer Guidance Note (PDF 20KB) which was approved by Cabinet on 16/06/15. The purpose of the Note is to provide guidance to potential applicants on providing comprehensive evidence to demonstrate that the proposed development is sustainable and is both viable and deliverable in order that it will make a genuine and early contribution to housing land supply and construction on the ground.