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Using our pre-application service could improve your chances of having your development proposals approved.

We can provide you with detailed comments relating to your proposed development, identifying any issues at an early stage, so they can be addressed before a formal planning application is made.

Service offered by North Norfolk District Council

Level of Service What is to be provided Timescale for response
Bronze Written response covering ‘in principle’ issues 10 working days
Silver - Household

Site visit and written response assessing proposal with basic advice provided as to how to overcome any issues, e.g. design changes (where possible).

20 working days
Silver - small residential/commercial

Site visit and written response assessing proposal with basic advice as to how to overcome any issues, e.g. design changes (where possible). This will include the outcome of consultations with consultees within the Council.

Please note, only other departments of North Norfolk District Council will be consulted under this level of service. For advice from Highways and other Statutory Consultees you may need to approach them direct.

40 working days

 

The fee for each service level is different, depending on the scale of the development proposed, for more information please see our pre-application advice charges.

 

Which level of service should you use and what will you get for your money?

The Council considers that applicants and agents can benefit from engaging in our pre-application advice service which offers a written response.

Bronze

This is intended for proposals that involve householder extensions and commercial development including change of use up to 499 sq/m. You could also use this level of service to seek an in principle view for larger proposals or for advice on constraints affecting the site, and which may be relevant to your proposal i.e. conservation areas. Responses at this level will include a full planning history of the site.

Silver

Proposals which are subject to this level of service are likely to be predominately householder extensions and small residential or commercial development.  The applicant will need to provide plans of the proposed development and the Case Officer will carry out a site visit and will then provide written comments on the proposal.

As part of the Silver service for small residential development or commercial development we will consult with other services within the Council where relevant, including:

  • Conservation and Design
  • Landscape and Ecology
  • Environmental Health/Public Protection
  • Strategic Housing
  • Economic Development

Please note, only other departments of North Norfolk District Council will be consulted under this level of service. For advice from Highways and other Statutory Consultees you may need to approach them direct.

We do recognise that in exceptional circumstances a meeting may be required for a smaller development scheme. An applicant/agent may indicate within their pre-app submission that a meeting is required, along with the justification. The case officer will then consider whether a meeting is required (the case officers decision will be final). Should a meeting be considered necessary an additional fee of £95.00 per officer attending will be required before the meeting takes place.

Will your pre-app be subject to consultation?

Only the Silver service for small residential development or commercial development offers consultation with other services within the Council including:

  • Conservation and Design
  • Landscape and Ecology
  • Environmental Protection
  • Strategic Housing
  • Economic Development

Please note, only other departments of North Norfolk District Council will be consulted under this level of service. For advice from Highways and other Statutory Consultees you may need to approach them direct.

What happens after you receive your response?

Should the development proposal be acceptable the officer will advise you to proceed to the planning application stage. If the scheme is not acceptable the case officer will try to advise what steps would overcome the objections (silver level of service only).

The service does allow for additional plans to be submitted as part of the same pre-app process with a supplementary fee payable. 

If the case officer believes that they are unable to advise how to overcome the concerns then this will be clarified in the response.

The subsequent planning decision

Please note:

No guarantee that a particular decision will be taken or recommendation made can be given.

The comments provided will be those of competent planning officers acting reasonably on the basis of the information supplied, based on current law and policies and given in good faith.

Pre-application advice is without prejudice to the formal consideration of any planning application, which will be the subject of statutory and public consultation, where new material planning considerations may be raised.

Material changes in policy at either national or local level may mean that advice that has already been given is no longer accurate or appropriate.

Little or no reliance can be placed on the content of the Council's pre-application advice for schemes which are submitted more than one year after the advice has been issued.

It remains up to the applicant to demonstrate through their planning application that their proposal meets the relevant and most up to date, planning policies and guidance.

Details of pre-application enquiries and advice will be available for public inspection on the Internet or by personal callers after the advice has been provided.  The advice will also be placed on the planning file should a subsequent planning application be submitted. Please also be aware that the Council may be required to supply details to any party making a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Confidentiality of pre-application submissions

Please note that all documents submitted and generated in relation to this pre-application advice request, including the Council's formal response, will be made publicly searchable and viewable on the Council's website via Public Access (unless the information submitted meets the exclusions tests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004). 

Local Members will be made aware of the receipt of requests for pre-application advice.

Should a planning application be submitted following the pre-application enquiry we will publish the pre-application response on the planning application file.