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Pre-application advice charges

Category ‘A’ proposals - £10,330.00 (12,396.0incl. VAT)

Very Large Scale, Complex Development

  • 150 or more residential units
  • 4000 m2 or more of commercial floor space

Meeting and written advice

Category ‘B’ proposals - £8,033.00 (£9,639.60 incl. VAT)

Very Large Scale, Complex Development

  • 100 - 149 residential units
  • 4000 m2 or more of commercial floor space

Meeting and written advice

Category ‘C’ proposals – £5,740.00 (£6,888.00 incl. VAT)

Large Scale, Complex Development

  • 25 - 99 residential units
  • 2000 m2 – 3999 m2 of commercial floor space

Meeting and written advice

Category ‘D’ proposals - £3,090.00 3,708.00 incl. VAT)

Major Complex Development

  • 10 - 24 residential units
  • 1000m2  - 1999 m2 of commercial floor space
  • Development involving a site of 0.5ha and over
  • Mixed use developments

Complex Proposals

  • Large or complex change of use or development proposals e.g. sport and leisure proposals
  • Development requiring an EIA*

Note: EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) refers to development proposals which fall under the provision of categories 1 and 2 of the Town and Country Planning (Environment Impact Assessment) Regulations 1999.

  • Planning proposals which are associated with complex heritage listed building or conservation issues
  • Entertainment uses
  • Telecommunications equipment and masts – composite proposals for 10 or more sites.

Planning / development briefs / frameworks / master planning

  • Sites for which the landowner wishes to establish their potential value, or where a clear and consistent advice for potential developers will expedite the development process.

Meeting and written advice

Category ‘E’ proposals - £1,761.00 (£2,113.20 incl. VAT)

Minor development

  • 2-4 new units (where a meeting is sought)
  • 5-9 new residential units
  • 100-999 m2 of commercial floorspace (including change of use)
  • HMOs(100 m2 - 999 m2) (where a meeting is sought)

Meeting and written advice

Category ‘F’ proposals - £942.50 (£1,131.0incl. VAT)

Minor development

  • 2-4 new residential units (where no meeting is sought)
  • 100-999 m2 of commercial floorspace (including change of use)
  • Individual proposals for Telecommunications equipment and masts
  • Advertisement application for hoardings
  • HMOs (100 m2 - 999 m2) (where no meeting is sought)

Written advice only.

 

Category ‘G’ proposals - £312.00 (£374.40 incl. VAT)

Creation of one residential unit

  • Creation of 1 additional residential house or flat
  • Replacement of an existing residential unit
  • Conversion of 1 property into 2 residential units, including demolition and rebuild

Note: This category does not apply to sites with complex heritage issues including listed buildings or sites in a conservation area (refer to Categories H/I).

Where there are tree/landscaping issues, a replacement or additional dwelling may still fall within one of the above categories.

Written advice only.

(Site Visits or Meeting requests will be charged at an hourly rate).

Category ‘H’ proposals - £947.50 (£1,137.00 incl. VAT)

Creation of one residential unit in a conservation area / listed building / or with associated complex heritage issues with meeting including Heritage Officer.

Meeting and written advice.

Category ‘I’ proposals - £669.50 (£803.40 incl. VAT)

Creation of one residential unit in a conservation area / listed building / or with associated complex heritage issues.

Written advice only.

Category ‘J’ proposals - £226.50 (£271.80 incl. VAT)

Small Scale Development

  • Small extensions / alterations (including advertisements) to commercial or similar premises, below 100 m2;
  • Small changes of use to commercial or similar premises, below 100 m2;
  • Other small scale developments below the threshold of category F;
  • HMO below 100 m2.

Written advice only

(Site Visits or Meeting requests will be charged at an hourly rate)

Category ‘K’ proposals - £123.50 (£148.2incl. VAT)

Written Householder Advice – one house or a single flat

  • Extensions / development within the curtilage of the property.

Written advice only

(Site Visits or Meeting requests will be charged at an hourly rate)

Category ‘L’ proposals - £185.40 (£222.48 incl. VAT)

Written Householder Advice – one house or a single flat

  • Extensions / development within the curtilage of the property with heritage issues.

Written advice only

(Site Visits or Meeting requests will be charged at an hourly rate)

Exemptions

The charging scheme will not apply to informal initial discussions about:

  • very small business premises
  • very minor schemes or householder schemes (small extensions/alterations)
  • certificates of lawfulness
  • enforcement or advice to any local resident affected by a development.

Such verbal advice, at this time will continue to be provided free of charge.

 

Additional fees including hourly rates and specialist advice

Those fees apply in the event of:

  • Additional investigations or meetings with the case officer being required for Categories A - E development above and beyond the standard fee
  • Specialist advice, for example on housing or conservation matters. (Note that separate Highways advice is subject to a different charging scheme, please call the Highways Group on 020 8359 3047 for more details)
  • Any meetings or additional services including a site visit (and additional travel time) requested for Categories F - L developments are not covered by the standard fee.

The appropriate hourly rate for officer's time is dependent upon their seniority, as set out in the planning fees and charges schedule.

Hourly Charges (inclusive of VAT)

  • Case Officer up to Principal Planner incl. Deputy Manager: £245.00 (£294.00 incl. VAT)
  • Team Leader/Manager/ Deputy Head of Service: £306.00 (£367.20 incl. VAT)
  • Service heads and directors: £367.50 (£441.00 incl. VAT)
  • Specialist Advice (Conservation & Design, Trees & Landscaping, Housing, etc…):  £306.00 (£367.20 incl. VAT)

 

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