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Is Pre-Application Advice a Good Idea?

Whether or not Pre-Application Advice is a good idea for you depends on a few factors, such as the scale and complexity of your project, your local planning authority's policies, and your budget.

Our Thoughts

There is some value in applying for pre-application advice. But given that most planning offices around the UK are understaffed, and over stretched you have to be firm about the outcomes you require. If not you may get a boiler plate response and waited months for it to arrive.

That being said a Planning Authorities requirements for new developments are normally very well described in policy documents, and other document such a SHLAA and Local Plans. So if you know what you are doing and are confident about the likely outcomes then there is little value in going through the Pre-Application Advice Process.

In short the more unusual the project the more valuable Pre-Application Advice becomes.

Pros of Pre-Application Advice

Cons of Pre-Application Advice

Things to Consider when Deciding whether or Not to do Pre-Application Advice

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to do pre-application is up to you. However, it is a good idea to weigh up the pros and cons carefully before making a decision.

If you are unsure whether or not pre-application is right for you, I recommend contacting us. They can advise you on your specific situation and help you decide whether or not to proceed.