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Pre-application planning advice

Freedom of information and your data

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000/Environmental Information Regulations 2004 it is possible that we could be asked to provide information regarding enquiries for pre-application or permitted development advice and to provide copies of any correspondence or advice we have given. We can only withhold this information if its disclosure could prejudice commercial interests, inhibit the provision of advice or exchange of views during the planning process, or could prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs.

Those seeking pre-application advice should provide a covering letter that sets out the reasons why, and for how long, any information relating to the case needs to remain confidential in their opinion. It will be for us to decide whether information can be treated as exempt from disclosure. Generally, notes and correspondence relating to pre-application discussions will not be treated as confidential once a planning application has been submitted and the case is in the public domain.

Details of requests for pre-application advice and advice on whether a particular proposal requires planning permission may be shared with elected members of the Council. This information will not be published on the Council's website.

Last updated Wednesday, 15th March 2023

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