Unfortunately, due to unprecedented and exceptional circumstances, we are not in a position to provide pre-application advice at the present time and as a result are unable to answer your enquiry.
We are taking steps to rectify the situation and will be re-introducing our pre-application advice service as of the 3 May 2021.
In the meantime, should you still require pre-application advice in relation to your scheme, you may wish to contact a planning consultant who may be able to assist you.
A list of planning consultants can be obtained from the Royal Town Planning Institute website.
Please accept our apologies for the temporary suspension of a pre-application advice service.
We provide a coordinated service for customers by offering a 'one stop shop' facility for developers whose proposed schemes are considered as 'major' or raise particularly complex issues.
A planning officer of the council will act as the coordinator and will bring together a multi disciplinary Development Team of professionals from key partners in the development process.
This will help to streamline the determination of major and complex development proposals.
The type and scale of development proposed will, to a certain extent, determine the make-up of the Development Team, but in addition to a lead planning officer the team may include officers from the following sections of the council:
In addition, external agencies such as the Highway Authority, the Police and the Environment Agency may form part of the team.
The Development Team will bring together the main parties at the earliest stage in the process. This will allow the most important issues to be highlighted and quickly resolved. The following process will be followed:
Please note that Lancashire County Council, as the Highways Authority, charges separately for the provision of pre-application advice.
For the purposes of the charging scheme, the definitions are as follows:
Discounted rates for the provision of pre-application advice for major and significant major schemes may be available for those development proposals where five or more meetings are required and where the fee will be paid up front.
In addition, reduced charges will be agreed (or in some circumstances, no charges will be made) for those development proposals submitted by charitable organisations or those which are the subject of public funding.
Finally, schemes which would make a significant contribution to the regeneration of the City and relate to a recognised regeneration programme or initiative will not be the subject of pre-application charging.
Please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01772 906912 for further information if you feel that any of the above exceptions would apply to your proposals.
The Design SPD and other selected references should be consulted for fuller information and relevant examples.
What happens next?
Following the receipt of advice from the Development Team, and if necessary, you will be able to amend your proposal.
If a major amendment is required, we will probably have to repeat the above process when you send us your revised proposal.
We will also give you a list of all relevant consultees and an indication of which of them you may need to talk to separately in relation to specific issues.
The approach will ensure that you receive:
The Development team approach 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.
Meetings will usually be held on the last Wednesday of each month. Below is the list of meeting dates.
These dates may be subject to change, please contact the lead officer for confirmation of the next available meeting.
Please note that any advice given by council officers at pre-application stage is not a formal planning decision by the council as Local Planning Authority and is not legally binding upon the Local Planning Authority.
We will give you the best advice possible based on the information provided.
This advice will be offered in good faith and to the best of ability, without prejudice to any formal consideration of any planning application following statutory consultation, the issues raised and the evaluation of all available information.