Pre-application advice for roads and transport

Request advice on road and transport issues associated with any proposed development.

1 Overview

Local planning authorities consult us for advice on any road and transport issues that affect proposals submitted for planning permission. They then take our recommendations into account when making a decision on a planning application.

Before you submit a planning application, we can provide advice on road and transport issues associated with any proposed development.

The benefits of seeking advice include:

  • potentially reducing the time and cost involved in working up proposals
  • reducing the subsequent cost of unsuccessful applications
  • comprehensive information on what you need to provide with your application
  • helping to speed up the decision making process once an application has been submitted.

2 Advice levels

We offer three levels of pre-application advice.

  1. Free written response to an initial enquiry – suitable for straightforward small or medium sized developments.
  2. Single meeting with written advice – suitable for larger development sites which may require a meeting.
  3. Development team – suitable for larger development sites which require involvement on a longer term basis.

3 Cost

After receiving your request for pre-application advice, if we are providing one of our chargeable services, we will send you an email to pay online.

Though paying online is our preferred method, we can still issue invoices and accept BACS and cheque payments.

If you would prefer to use one of the alternatives, please indicate this on your application.

No. of dwellings Commercial and
retail area
Additional written
response only
Single meeting and
written response
Up to 10 Up to 100m² £100 plus VAT £250 plus VAT
11-24 101m²-500m² £400 plus VAT £650 plus VAT
25-49 501m²-1,000m² £600 plus VAT £850 plus VAT
50-79 1,001m²-2,000m² £1,100 plus VAT £1,250 plus VAT
80-199 2,001m²-5,000m² £2,000 plus VAT £2,000 plus VAT
200+ 5,001m² + £2,200 plus VAT £2,200 plus VAT

4 Request advice

We recommend reading the guidance document before requesting advice. It includes full details of each level and required supporting information.

Request pre-application advice

5 What happens next

After submitting your request for advice you will be contacted for payment of the non-refundable fee.

We aim to respond to your request within seven days and confirm whether sufficient information has been received to proceed.

6 Additional information

7 Contact us

If you have a query about applying for pre-application advice, please get in touch:

Last updated:
12 November 2018

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