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Your details
Full name
Address
Postcode
Telephone
Email
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Name
Address
Postcode
Telephone
Email
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Postcode
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Tell us what service you require
Please confirm which service level you require (see advice notes for description of each service)
House extensions
Advice about house extensions
Service level 1
Advice about level 1
(not available for householder
development)
Service level 2
Advice about level 2
(not available for householder
development)
Service level 3
Advice about level 3
Additional
meetings*
Advice about additional meetings
*For additional meetings tell us the reference number of the existing
request for pre-application advice.
(the reference number can be found in correspondence we have
sent you)
Reference number:
Pre-application advice
request form
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What you propose to do
For example, a single storey extension to enlarge the lounge or erection of two dwellings
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Tell us about the number of units, bedrooms or floor area.
Number of dwellings or flats:
Total number of bedrooms:
Non-residential floor area:
Change of use - floor/site area:
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Additional comments
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Reference number(s)
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Essential information
You must include the following with your request:
Location plan
Advice about location plans
Photograph(s) of the site
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Payment
Before sending us this form you must pay the fee by following step one and step two:
Step 1 calculate the fee
List of fees
Step 2 pay the fee
Payment page
When choosing the service to pay for, select ‘pay fee for advice about if you will get permission’
£
Date paid:
Amount paid:
Submit
After the fee has been paid
Sumbit this form, together with the information required at section 10 and any other supporting
documents, using our online contact form at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/contactplanning
Notes
House extensions
This service provides written advice about alterations proposed to an existing dwelling or the erection or
alteration of residential outbuildings. We will not normally carry our any consultation and no meetings are
provided. We aim to provide our written advice to you within eight weeks of the request. During periods of
high demand this may take longer.
Please carefully read the general notes.
Service level 1
Informal advice will be provided verbally only, during the meeting. The level of advice offered is restricted to
scoping the main issues as identified during the meeting. Meetings will normally be held at council offices
and the planning officer attending will not normally carry out any preparation by, for example, researching
the history of the site. Meetings normally last about 30 minutes and no longer than one hour. We will
contact you to arrange a date for the meeting which will normally be within four weeks of the request.
During periods of high demand this may take longer. It is recommended that, after the meeting, you seek
further pre-application advice at service levels 2 or 3. This service is not available in relation for
householder schemes (proposals to extend or alter an existing dwelling).
Please carefully read the general notes below.
Service level 2
This service provides written advice that is more limited than that provided by service level 3. The advice
offered is restricted to scoping the main issues and matters of general planning principle, such as the
suitability of the site, in planning policy terms, for the type of development. Under this service no detailed
elements of the scheme (such as design, ecology, flooding or highways matters) will be considered, no
consultation will be carried out and no meetings are offered. This service is not provided for householder
schemes (proposals to extend or alter an existing dwelling. We aim to provide our written advice to you
within eight weeks of the request. During periods of high demand this may take longer.
Please carefully read the general notes below.
Service level 3
This service provides a more considered view compared to Levels 1 and 2. It gives more detailed advice in
writing about what we consider to be the main issues relating to the development. Internal consultation may
undertaken with specialist services but is limited to our consideration of the main issues. Consulted
responses from external partners such as Historic England, the Environment Agency or Wessex Water is
not included. We aim to provide our written advice to you within eight weeks of the request. During periods
of high demand this may take longer.
Please carefully read the general notes below.
Pre-application advice forum (PAF)
Our PAF service forms part of service level 3 for large-scale applications. We will contact you to arrange a
meeting with the forum within two weeks of your request. The PAF process typically takes eight weeks but
on agreement with the applicant, this can be extended. To discuss how the PAF process can help your
project contact us so that we can arrange an introductory meeting.
Please carefully read the general notes below.
Additional meetings
Additional meetings can only be requested in relation to existing and ongoing requests for pre-application
advice at service level 3 or within six months of a decision we have issued in relation to a formal planning
application. Additional meetings are limited to two additional meetings only.
Please carefully read the general notes below.
General notes
1. We reserve the right to not accept requests for pre-application advice.
2. Requests for advice will not be accepted or considered until the following has been submitted:
a. A pre-application request application form completed in full
b. A location plan at a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500 with the site edged red
c. Photographs of the site
d. The required fee
3. The advice given, whether in writing or verbally, is based on the information you provide to us.
4. The advice given, whether in writing or verbally, is the informal opinion of the officers of the council
only and does not fetter or prejudice our statutory duty, as the local planning authority, to determine
formal planning and other applications, pursuant to our statutory powers and duties under the
planning acts or otherwise.
5. You need to act upon the advice we give within six months since changes to planning policy,
interpretation of policy or any other relevant issues can result in advice becoming out of date.
6. When you are unable to act quickly on the advice given, we recommend that you submit a new
request for further advice standard fees will apply.
7. We may share and discuss your proposal with local councillors, town or parish councils or other
statutory consultees.
8. We may share the advice we provide with other developers, separately from the details of your
request.
9. We may share your request for advice and the advice we provide following a request made they
under the Freedom of Information Act.
10. We do not normally place requests for pre-application advice on our website unless:
a. a related formal planning application is received
b. we consider it to be in the public interest
11. Before sending us a request for pre-application advice you should read our privacy statement
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