Applying and guidance for planning applications

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3. Pre-application advice for larger scale proposals

For informal written advice please complete and submit a Pre-application Advice Form. There is a fee for this service as set out in our Pre-application advice fees.

Please also provide the information requested on the form and your fee. 

It is likely that for large proposals we will require extra information and we will start work on your request when the fee and all the required information have been provided. 

Depending on the size and impact of your proposal any meetings may also include internal or external specialists and consultants.

Full details of the service offered are set out in our Pre-Application Planning Advice Procedure which also includes:

  • details of our Pre-Application Forum procedure (PDF) which allows applicants to present their proposals to Members, Planning Officers, consultees and other bodies.  Please contact us to discuss the details and the appropriate fee.
  • information about the Design Review Panel via our membership of Devon and Somerset Design Review Panel

You should also be aware of planning policy and guidance under Local plans and policy. 

We have recently (November 2017) approved an advice note for Vacant Building Credit.

We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected by adhering to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Any personal information provided will be used by us solely for the purpose of giving pre-application advice and contacting you regarding this. The data will be stored and retained in accordance with our full privacy policy

Customers normally expect the details of pre-application discussions to be confidential and we aim to provide advice on this basis and so they are not published on this website.

However, under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and/or the Environmental Information Regulations, third parties can ask to see pre-application documentation and the council has to decide whether any of the information is exempt from disclosure. To assist us in dealing with such requests, applicants/agents are encouraged to submit in writing the specific reasons why, in their view, documentation relating to their pre-application discussions should remain confidential. It will be the decision of the Freedom of Information Officer whether such information is exempt.