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Home > Planning > Development Management > Pre application advice > Pre Application Service From July 2017

Pre Application Service From July 2017

For planning, listed building and related matters you can request written advice, an office meeting or on-site appointment with an officer using the form below.

Pre Planning enquiry form

For free on-line advice please see:

Do I need Planning permission?

For issues specifically regarding Community Infrastructure Levy including pre app and payment you will need to contact the Council's Infrastructure team for details.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are committed to delivering a high quality pre-application service which provides a thorough professional response to customers and have reviewed the service we offer.

The result is a new service starting 1st July 2017, providing a more in-depth response, with target response times to provide greater certainty. This will enable the delivery of responses in a timely fashion, providing greater detail and advice, subject to the type of advice requested and the complexity of the proposal.

In addition, it includes a combined service, offering Highways, Floods, Heritage, Landscape and Ecology, if requested and relevant to the site or enquiry.

Under the provisions of the Local Government Act 2003 we now charge a fee for this service. The intention is to recover the cost of providing the service and not to deter applicants and their agents from engaging in pre-application discussions.

The purpose of this service is to encourage pre-application discussions and offer helpful professional advice, within a target timescale. The purpose is to provide you with clear advice about whether it is likely that your proposal will be granted planning permission. If we consider it unlikely the proposal would be supported we will give you reasons for our opinion. Advice provided is an informal opinion only and Officers cannot always foresee every issue which may be raised during the course of an application. The advice is therefore made without prejudice to the consideration by the Council of a planning application, as the final decision on formal planning applications lies with the Development Control Committee or the Corporate Manager - Growth and Sustainable Planning and will be made following consultation and publicity and consideration of all representations received as part of the planning application process.