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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pre-application updates

During the ongoing situation with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19) the planning team will continue to offer a Pre-Application Service, however, due to the measures announced by the Prime Minister on 23rd March we have had to make some changes to the range of advice we are able to offer at the current time.

Until further notice, we will not be able to hold meetings on-site in relation to Pre-Application requests for either ‘Householder & Heritage Advice’ or ‘Listed Building Consent’.  As an alternative, we can offer written advice.  The cost for this is as follows:

  • £150 for ‘Listed Building Consent’ (Written Advice Only)
  • £200 for ‘Householder & Heritage Advice’ (Written Advice Only)

We would recommend that any customer wishing to submit a pre-application for either of the above, should supplement their application with as much information as possible and include recent photographs.

With the exception of Pre-Application requests for either ‘Householder & Heritage Advice’ or ‘Listed Building Consent’, any other Pre-Application request which would involve a meeting with the Planning Officer, will be held by Conference Video Call, rather than a meeting at the Council offices.  Written advice would be provided following the meeting.

 

How to apply

Print and complete the Request for Pre-Application Planning Advice form stating the full site address and details of the proposal. A scaled location plan, and photographs will be required as necessary, together with the relevant fee (see fees below) as indicated in our Guidance notes.

To avoid delays, please can we ask that you email your application form and accompanying documents to [email protected] and make a telephone payment via 01376 557779.  As we are unable to access our offices, applications submitted via the post with a cheque will unfortunately not be processed until the current restrictions are lifted and we can return to the offices.

If you send by email, please note that there is a maximum email size limit of 10Mb so you may need to split your email messages. 

For Pre-Application advice there is a formal approach for proposals for:

  • new dwellings
  • householder extensions and alterations
  • changes of use
  • industrial / commercial / retail development
  • listed building alterations and extensions. (Please note that all requests for advice on the general maintenance of Listed Buildings will continue to be provided at no charge.)

Detailed plans, a fee and completed application form are required for each enquiry.

Responses can be either by letter or discussed at a meeting with a follow up letter. We will aim to reply by letter within 28 days of receipt of the valid application. A meeting with relevant consultees, Case Officer and Area Manager (where appropriate), followed by a letter will normally take place within 35 days, where possible.

The fee

There is a fee for this service. The fee is dependent upon the type of development and advice required (see below). Please note that some fees have changed to include the fee for Listed Building Consent/Historic Building/Conservation Area advice where applicable. The fee is inclusive of VAT charged at the current rate.

Development Type

Meeting* (up to 1 hour) & Written Response

Follow-Up Written Response Only

Written Advice Only

Strategic Major (100+ dwellings and/or 5,000+ square metres of commercial floorspace or on sites over 3 hectares)

Planning & Urban Design Advice

£1730

£865

Not Available

Strategic Major & Heritage Advice (100+ dwellings and/or 5,000+ square metres of commercial floorspace or on sites over 3 hectares)

Planning & Urban Design & Heritage Advice (Listed Building / Conservation Area)

£2030

£1015

Not Available

Large Scale Major (50-99 new dwellings and/or 2,000-4,999 square metres of commercial floorspace or on sites of 2-3 hectares)

Planning & Urban Design Advice

£1360

£680

£860

Large Scale Major & Heritage Advice (50-99 new dwellings and/or 2,000-4,999 square metres of commercial floorspace or on sites of 2-3 hectares)

Planning, Urban Design & Heritage Advice (Listed Building / Conservation Area)

£1660

£830

£1010

Small Scale Major (10-49 new dwellings and/or 1,000-1,999 square metres of commercial floorspace or on sites of 1-2 hectares)

Planning & Urban Design Advice

£990

£495

£540

Small Scale Major & Heritage Advice (10-49 new dwellings and/or 1,000-1,999 square metres of commercial floorspace or on sites of 1-2 hectares)

Planning, Urban Design & Heritage Advice (Listed Building / Conservation Area)

£1290

£645

£690

Minor Development (1-9 new dwellings, new commercial floorspace below 1000m2 and change of uses)

Planning Advice

£300

£150

£150

Minor Development & Heritage Advice (1-9 new dwellings, new commercial floorspace below 1000m2 and change of uses)

Planning & Heritage Advice (Listed Building / Conservation Area)

£400

£200

£250

Householder (Works or Extensions to a Dwelling including the alteration or enlargement a single house, including works within the curtilage (boundary/garden) of a house)

Planning Advice

£150

£75

£100

Householder & Heritage Advice (Works or Extensions to a Dwelling which is Listed or falls within a conservation area) including the alteration or enlargement a single house, including works within the curtilage (boundary/garden) of a house)

Planning & Heritage Advice (Listed Building / Conservation Area)

Until further notice, we are unable to hold meetings on site

£150

£200

Listed Building Consent

Heritage Advice (Listed Building / Conservation Area)

Until further notice, we are unable to hold meetings on site

£125

£150

*Until further notice, any Pre-Application request which would involve a meeting with the Planning Officer, will be held by Conference Video Call, rather than a meeting at the Council offices.  Written advice would be provided following the meeting. 

Please refer to the pre-application guidance notes to determine the fee payable for your pre-application request.  

Planning Performance Agreements (PPA’s)

For Strategic Major and Large Scale Major proposals, Braintree District Council encourage the use of Planning Performance Agreements (PPA’s). PPA’s provide a framework for more flexible and tailored pre-application discussions for a bespoke fee, which is determined based on the number and range of meetings and advice required. PPA’s assist developers through the planning process and help achieve Braintree District Council’s aim of delivering high quality sustainable development within the District. Please contact us to discuss your requirements further.

Disclaimer

Please note that any advice provided by the Council’s Officers is informal opinion only and is made without prejudice to any formal determination which may be given in the event of an application being submitted. In particular, it will not constitute a formal response or decision of the Council with regard to any future planning applications, which will be subject to wider consultation and publicity. Although the Case Officer may indicate the likely outcome of a subsequent planning application, no guarantees can or will be give about the decision.