Pre-application planning advice

 

Increase in Pre-application Fees from 1st May 2021

Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) reserves the right to change their pre-application fees, protocols, timescales and level of service delivery with three months' notice.

In accordance with Gloucestershire County Council’s right to change their pre-application fees, the Council hereby give the requisite three months’ notice (commencing on the 1st February 2021) for a 3% increase to its pre-application fees, which will come into effect from the 1st May 2021.

A copy of the new fee charges are set out below:

Existing pre-app fees

Proposed pre-app fees

Large Scale Major Applications:

(all proposals where the site area is in excess of 15ha or in relation to waste proposals where the annual throughput exceeds 50,000 tonnes)

Timescale: 45 working days

Fee: £2,700 +VAT (£3,240)

Large Scale Major Applications:

(all proposals where the site area is in excess of 15ha or in relation to waste proposals where the annual throughput exceeds 50,000 tonnes)

Timescale: 45 working days

Fee: £2,781 +VAT (£3,337.20)

Major Applications:

(all proposals where the site area is in excess of 1ha but less than 15ha, and all waste proposals where the annual throughput would not exceed 50,000 tonnes)

Timescale: 35 working days

Fee: £1,800 +VAT (£2,160)

Major Applications:

(all proposals where the site area is in excess of 1ha but less than 15ha, and all waste proposals where the annual throughput would not exceed 50,000 tonnes)

Timescale: 35 working days

Fee: £1,854 +VAT (£2,224.80)

Minor Applications:

(all proposals where the site area does not exceed 1ha)

Timescale: 25 working days

Fee: £900 +VAT (£1080)

Minor Applications:

(all proposals where the site area does not exceed 1ha)

Timescale: 25 working days

Fee: £927 +VAT (£1,112.40)

Any comments on the pre-application charging service are welcomed and should be sent to: Planning Development Management, Gloucestershire County Council, Strategic Infrastructure, Shire Hall, Gloucester, GL1 2TH or emailed to planningdc@gloucestershire.gov.uk

In addition to the increase in pre-application fees, it should be noted that the County Planning Authority no longer accepts payments by cheque or over the phone. Payments for pre-application fees should be conducted though the following online GCC payment facility: http://forms.gloucestershire.gov.uk/OnlinePaymentForm.

The introduction of a charging regime for pre-application advice provides a clear and time-bound process for both customers and officers, so adding certainty to the procedure and improving the accountability of the advice.

While councils are not obliged to enter into pre-application discussions there are recognisable and tangible benefits from well-managed engagement that ensures applications are complete, comprehensive and presented to a satisfactory standard helping to avoid any unnecessary delays.

The pre-application process helps identify the documentation that will be required to support an application and consideration of any amendments that would need to be carried out for the proposal to receive a more favourable response. It identifies where there is a need for specialist input from a range of technical specialists and helps the applicant to understand the material planning issues that could arise from the development proposal and how an application will be judged against applicable policies and other relevant legislation.

 

Exemptions

The list of exemptions from the charging regime is set out in Appendix B of the Pre-application Planning Advice Service Guidance Note. These include Town / Parish / District Council enquiries in connection to their statutory functions, discussions in relation to enforcement investigations and advice on how to submit a planning application.

 

Officer Advice

Any advice given by council officers for pre-application enquiries would not indicate any formal decision by the council. Any views or opinions would be given in good faith, and to the best of ability, without prejudice to the formal consideration of any future planning application. However, the written advice provided by the planning case officer would be considered by the council as a material consideration in the determination of any subsequent planning application, subject to the proviso that circumstances and information may change or come to light that could alter the position. The weight given to the pre-application advice may decrease over time.

 

Review

The operation of the pre-application advice service will be reviewed on an annual basis. Any comments on the scheme are welcomed and should be sent to: Planning Development Management, Gloucestershire County Council, Strategic Infrastructure, Shire Hall, Gloucester, GL1 2TH, or emailed to planningdc@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Gloucestershire County Council reserve the right to change their pre-application fees, protocols, timescales and level of service delivery with three months' notice.

 

Documents

GCC Pre-app Guidance Note 01.01.2016 View the procedure and charges in the pre-application planning advice guidance document.

Pre-application advice request form Apply for pre-application advice by completing our online pre-planning application advice request form.

 

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