In order to help you with the complex issues involved with different types of applications and proposals, we are always available to give advice.
Planning Officers will welcome discussion of sketch plans and proposals, before they are formally submitted as applications, to avoid delays and possible refusals of permission. Please can all plans / diagrams be be submitted using a metric scale and dimensions.
Our advice is given in the best spirit and is intended to be helpful, but please remember that it is informal. The only way to get a formal response is to submit a planning application.
Details of the scheme we operate to provide pre-application advice and a request form can be found here. A summary of the fees is below.
Significant Major Applications (50 or more houses/sites of 2.5 hectares or more/floorspace of 2000 square metres or more)
£600 for a meeting (£300 for a subsequent meeting)
Major applications (10-49 houses/sites of between 0.5 hectares and 2.49 hectares/ floorspace of between 1000 and 1999 square metres)
£360 for a meeting (£180 for a subsequent meeting)
Small scale development (less than 10 houses/sites of less than 0.5 hectares/ floorspace of less than 1000 square metres)
£144 where a meeting is required (£72 where no meeting is required)
Listed Building /Conservation Areas
£48 where site visit/and or meeting required (£24 where not)
Works to trees £30 or £15 Telecommunications £48 or £28
Advertisements £30 or £15 Vehicle Crossings £24
Householder Development Enquiries £50
Please note that we have recently adopted guidance regarding extending your home.
For planning and building regulations guidance including case studies on many common projects, please use this link alternatively explore the interactive house for guidance on many common projects including some related to flats, shops and basements.
A basic guide for small businesses to the procedures of the planning system and how to apply for planning permission is available here.
A Planning Enquiry Form for Householders is also available by using this link. Please note that an administration fee will be payable.
You may also want to consider contacting United Utilities who own and operate the water, wastewater and electricity distribution networks in the North West. If your development is over or too near to their underground cables or pipes it may cause damage or make access and maintenance difficult or impossible.
In extreme cases United Utilities has the right, if necessary, to remove the building with no obligation to re-build. Their contact number is 01925 463852.