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Pre-application advice

Pre-application advice can speed up the planning process, advise if an application is likely to be approved or not, and highlight any potential reasons for refusal. We will provide:

  • a written response without prejudice
  • the best advice possible, based on the information submitted
  • details of applicable planning policies and other considerations
  • comments on the planning merits and possible areas for improvement
  • the information needed to make a formal application
  • advanced warning of consultee requirements.

We won't provide:

  • binding opinions or opinions on lawfulness
  • a formal planning decision or guarantees that an application will be valid or approved
  • detailed technical advice or design the proposal for you
  • an opinion that is future-proofed against policy changes.

Fees

Minor applications

Item2022/23 charge
Householder applicants£66.30
Householder applicants with site visits£112.20
Adverts£76.50
Adverts with site meeting£158.10
Listed building£76.50
Listed building with site visit applies to commercial and residential applicants£122.40
Change of use£204.00
Change of use and site visit£231.96

Medium applications

Additional meeting available of up to one hour (fee for this is 30% of the initial fee)

Item2022/23 charge
Medium application (site visit or meeting for one hour): 1 to 4 dwellings

£188.70 for first dwelling

£112.20 for each subsequent dwelling

Medium application (site visit or meeting for one hour): 5 to 9 dwellings

£601.80 for first 5 dwellings

£96.90 for each subsequent dwelling

Medium application (site visit or meeting for one hour): 10 to 49 dwellings

£1,040.40 for first 10 dwellings

£66.30 for each subsequent dwelling

Medium applications: Extensions and alterations under 100 sqm commercial£147.90
Medium applications: Extensions and alterations of 100 to 499 sqm commercial£336.60
Medium applications: Extensions and alterations 500 to 999 sqm commercial£1,560.60

Major applications

Additional meeting available of up to one hour (fee for this is 30% of the initial fee)

Item2022/23 charge
Major applications: 50 to 100 dwellings£3,901.50
Major applications: 101 to 150 dwellings£4,681.80
Major applications: 151 plus dwellingsBespoke fee
Major applications: 1000 (plus) sqm commercialBespoke fee
Development proposals that do not fit within the categories above£260.10

Apply

You will need to complete our form and provide:

  • a site location plan
  • sketch drawings of the proposal and layout
  • a description of the proposed works
  • the correct fee after submitting the application

Select your local area to apply:

If your area isn't listed, you may be a resident of West Northamptonshire.

Last updated 14 September 2022