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The minor development pre-application advice form can be accessed here.
A planning officer of the council will consider your proposal and, with advice from relevant consultees if necessary, provide you with an indication of whether your proposal is likely to receive planning permission.
The planning officer will also advise you if further information is required to support any future planning applications that you may submit.
The service respects confidentiality and will not release any details, either internally or externally, unless it is necessary to do so in order to assist you. If this is the case, information will only be released with your agreement.
Requests for advice should be made by completing the pre-application advice form.
Once completed, the form with the accompanying information can be submitted online or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-application enquiries will not be processed without the appropriate fee. Please see below for more details.
Once your request for advice has been received and checked, we aim to contact you within 5 working days to acknowledge receipt of your form and inform you of the name of the planning officer dealing with your request.
(extensions and alterations within the boundary of a house)
All other minor development
All other development not falling into the above categories
Involving development of less than 1,000sqm floorspace or on sites of less than 1 hectare. For example retail, commercial, industrial, leisure, education, recreation or car parks.
* Where the development proposal is in outline, an indication of the number of dwellings likely to be accommodated on the site must be provided in order to calculate the fee.
Please note that Lancashire County Council, as the Highways Authority, charges separately for the provision of pre-application advice. Please visit their website for more information.
The following information and plans should be submitted with the pre-application advice form. If insufficient information is submitted we may be unable to provide pre-application advice.
As a minimum please include:
Once a request is received it will be assigned to a planning officer. The planning officer will aim to provide you with a written response within 21 working days of receipt of the request and relevant payment.
The planning officer will only visit the site if he or she considers it necessary. Likewise meetings will only be arranged if the planning officer considers a meeting is necessary.
You should be aware that any advice given by the Council in relation to pre-application enquiries will be based on the officer’s professional judgement and without prejudice to the formal consideration of any subsequent planning application.
Favourable pre-application advice cannot guarantee that a subsequent planning application will be successful. This is because when we receive a formal application it will be subject to further consultation and publicity which may raise other issues.
You should also bear in mind that any subsequent changes to planning legislation or planning policies may affect the advice given. The weight that can be given to pre-application advice will therefore diminish over time.
Following the receipt of advice you can submit a planning application. In certain cases you may need to amend your proposal. If material amendments are required we will probably have to repeat the above process when you send us your revised proposal.
If necessary we may suggest that you contact relevant consultees to talk to separately in relation to specific issues.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.