Worcestershire County Council in its role as the County, Minerals and Waste Planning Authority, processes planning applications relating to minerals and waste management proposals and for development it intends to carry out itself (under Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992), such as schools, libraries, roads and railway stations. The County Council welcomes and encourages early discussions with applicants on the merits of a proposal before a planning application is submitted.
From 1 January 2019 Worcestershire County Council's Planning Development Management service is charging for the provision of pre-application planning advice.
The introduction of a charging regime for pre-application advice provides a clear and time-bound process for both applicants and planning officers, adding certainty to the procedure and improving the accountability of the advice.
The pre-application process helps identify the information required to accompany a planning application; where relevant consideration of how the draft proposal may be amended to make the development more acceptable in planning terms; identifies where there is a need for specialist input from a range of technical specialists; helps the applicant to understand the material planning considerations relevant to the development proposed; and how an application would be judged against the relevant planning policies and other material considerations and whether this policy context supports the principle of development.
Fees and exemptions
The fees payable, how to pay, and the full list of exemptions from this pre-application charging regime are set out in the Planning pre-application charging schedule and advice. Exemptions include advice as to whether planning permission is required and how to submit a planning application, discussions in relation to enforcement investigations, and Town / Parish / District Council enquiries in connection to their statutory functions.
The fees payable for pre-application advice are in addition to the fees payable for the submission of planning applications and the chargeable monitoring of mineral and landfill sites.
Download: Planning pre-application charging schedule and advice - view the procedure and charges
Download: Commercially Sensitive Material Checklist - to be completed and submitted with your pre-application request if you would like to identify areas of your submission that you consider to be commercially sensitive.
Download: Pre-application guidance document has been written to assist with submitting planning applications to the County Planning Authority. This outlines common errors and best practice