Statutory Pre-application Advice Service
The Town and County Planning (Pre-Application Services) Wales Regulations 2016 requires all Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) in Wales to provide a statutory pre-application service.
We have produced a guidance note on the service which can be downloaded below:
To use this service, enquirers must submit a completed pre-application advice enquiry form along with all information necessary to enable the LPA to assess the proposal and provide an appropriately detailed response. This form can be downloaded below:
A fee will be payable by the enquirer. Without receiving the appropriate fee, pre-application advice will not be provided. Details of the fees can be found here:
Non-Statutory Pre-application Advice Service
In addition to the Statutory Pre-Application Service, from the 1st November 2017 the Authority will offer a charged service in respect of those requests for advice which fall outside the remit of the statutory service. This includes, but is not exclusively limited to, providing advice on applications for:
· the approval of Reserved Matters,
· building operations not involving the addition of floorspace,
· engineering and other operations on land,
· development already undertaken (retrospective),
· the discharge of conditions, and
· Certificates of existing or proposed lawfulness.
To use this service, enquirers must submit a completed pre-application advice enquiry form along with all information necessary to enable the LPA to assess the proposal and provide an appropriately detailed response. Each request must include:
· Completed Non-Statutory Pre-application advice form
· Location plan (to an identified scale and showing the direction of North)
· Any other plans as may be necessary to describe the proposal
· A fee of £250
The response provided will be proportionate to the level of information provided with the enquiry, it would therefore be beneficial to provide as much information as possible in order for a comprehensive response to be provided.
The fee for all advice provided under this non-statutory pre-application advice service will be £250. Without the fee, the enquiry will not proceed. The enquiry should be responded to within 21 days of receipt.
The form can be downloaded below:
Please Note: If you require advice on an application for full or outline planning permission, as well as any application under Section 73 (to vary or remove a condition) or a householder application, you must use the Statutory Pre-application Advice Service outlined above.
1. The requirement to undertake pre-application consultation applies to all planning applications for "major" development (full or outline) and applications for Developments of National Significance (DNS).
2. The requirement does not apply to proposed applications under section 73 or 73A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 ("the 1990 Act"); reserved matters; non-material amendments or minor material amendments.
Detailed guidance on the requirement for pre-application consultation under Section 17 of the Planning Wales Act 2015 is contained in Annex 1.
It is important to note that whilst the provisions contained within the DMPWO for pre-application consultation in respect of applications for major development will come into force in March 2016 the requirement for applicants to submit the pre-application consultation report (PAC) will not be a validation requirement for applications made before 01 August 2016.
This transition period will allow prospective applicants who will be submitting after the 01 August to undertake pre-application consultation, and will place a duty on statutory consultees to provide substantive responses within 28 days to these requests. However, it will not prejudice applicants who are due to imminently submit a planning application, and would find that it would not be valid because the statutory requirements of the pre-application process have not been undertaken.
Pre-app enquiries should be sent to: