Pre Application Advice
The council's pre-application service provides advice to customers who are thinking about making an application.
Pre-application engagement by prospective applicants offers significant potential to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of the planning application system and improve the quality of planning applications and their likelihood of success.
Our team's expertise covers not just planning, but also ecology, drainage and flood risk, trees and arboriculture, highways and roads.
Level of Service
There are nine levels of pre-application advice available, dependant on the size, type and complexity of the development you are proposing.
Unless otherwise stated, the fees for this service are fixed. Details of the different levels of service and fees can be found below:
All levels of advice include the following:
- Allocated Specialist Officer to manage your pre-app
- A site visit, where necessary
- Consultations, at the Case Officer's discretion, with consultees in internal Mendip District Council or Somerset County Council - for example Ecology, Drainage or Highways Development.
- A qualified opinion on whether or not your scheme is likely to receive permission
- Early identification of any issues or risks, and what to do to overcome them
- A list of information required to submit a good quality application, which is more likely to result in a quicker decision
- For pre-application level 1 a meeting can be included at additional cost
- For all other levels either one or two meetings are included and can either be on site, face to face at our offices or virtual at the Planning Officer's discretion
For particularly large or complex developments, in addition to our pre-application advice, we encourage the use of the design review process. Further information can be found here: Design Review Panels
Before You Apply
The more information you can give us, the better our advice will be.
You will need to prepare the following documents:
- Description of the proposal; please give as much detail as you can on both its existing and proposed use
- Full site address and site location plan
- Your contact details
- A sketch plan showing the extent of the site
- Existing and proposed sketches or plans (which do not have to be professionally drawn)
- Photographs of the site
- Any additional reports you have in relation to your proposals; for example ecology, highways or phosphate mitigation.
How to Apply
Please use our online application process (below).
Upon receipt of the completed form, we will provide you via email with an acknowledgement of the request, the required fee and details of how to pay the required fee.
Important Notes about Pre-application and Development Team advice
- Using these services does not guarantee that your planning application will be successful as the advice is an informal Officer opinion
- We reserve the right not to accept submissions
- We do not publish pre-application advice. However, we may release the information if we receive a request under the Freedom of Information Act.