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Pre-application planning advice

Service during coronavirus pandemic

You can still apply for written pre-application advice, but  there will be a delay in receiving a response as our ability to carry out safe site visits is limited.

We encourage you to seek advice before submitting a formal planning application.

The pre-application advice service is known to improve the quality of planning submissions and speed up the process from submission to planning decision. This will also reduce the likelihood of you incurring costs for the submission of an unacceptable proposal.

This service applies to all types of development proposals.

There is a fee for the pre-application advice service.  Details of the fees, along with information about the service we provide are below.

Due to the current pandemic the householder surgery service is suspended until further notice.

We can provide:

  • Householder written advice - for members of the public and planning agents preparing to submit a planning application for a domestic dwelling (extensions, new access, garages and other outbuildings)
  • Combined planning and listed building advice - for a project on a listed building or within a conservation area
  • Advice on all other proposed development, including replacement and new dwellings, new or extended commercial floorspace and shopfronts, changes of use, stables.

The more information you can provide, the more detailed the response can be. This should include a map and any sketch details along with any other supporting information that may be relevant.

What is included?

  • review of your proposal by a named planning officer
  • site visit (except for Householder written advice)
  • detailed report outlining the key issues and areas for change or improvement
  • support to help you to submit an application in its best possible form
  • information on why the proposal may not meet requirements.

Fees

Charges vary depending on the complexity of the proposed development and the level of response needed.

Residential extensions and new housing development

Project  Fee  Concessions
Householder enquiries  £100  n/a
One dwelling and other development (includes change of use excluding to multiple dwellings), non commercial stables, shop fronts/alterations  £209.10  £177.74
2 - 5 dwellings £522.30  n/a
6 - 9 dwellings £940.50  n/a
10 - 25 dwellings £2,611.20  n/a
26 - 99 dwellings £5,222.40 n/a
100 - 499 dwellings £7,833.60 n/a
500+ dwellings £10,444.80 n/a

Concessions apply to local businesses relocating within Waverley or wishing to extend or alter their existing commercial premises.

All prices include VAT.

Commercial floorspace and buildings

Project  Fee  Concessions
Up to 150m² and change of use  £209.10  £177.74
151 - 500m²  £522.30  £435.20
501 - 1,000m²  £2,611.20  £2,176
1,001+ m²  £3,655.70  £3,046.40

Concessionary rates apply to local businesses relocating within Waverley or wishing to extend or alter their existing commercial premises.

All prices include VAT.

Request pre-application written advice

Request a pre-application written report online

Alternatively you can fill out a pre application form and return to Planning Services along with any accompanying plans or documents. You can pay online (choose Planning / Planning advice) or send a cheque payable to Waverley Borough Council.

Disclaimer

Any advice given by Waverley Officers for pre-application enquiries does not indicate any formal decision by Waverley as the Local Planning Authority. Any views or opinions are given in good faith, and are based on relevant issues in place at the time of consideration, without prejudice to the formal consideration of any planning application. The final decision on any forthcoming planning application can only be taken after Waverley has consulted local people, statutory consultees and any other interested parties. The final decision on an application will then be made either by the relevant Planning Committee or the Head of Planning Services under delegated powers and will be based on all the information available at the time.

There are additional planning restrictions for heritage assets and so before submitting a planning application/listed building consent or carrying out any works on a heritage asset, the Heritage team can provide advice with a site visit, if necessary.

Services and fees

Please see below for our charging table for a list of advice we can provide and the associated fee. If you would like to combine this with planning advice, please see the above 'Written advice' for more information and how to apply.

Type of Advice What does this include? Fee
A. Minor repairs and maintenance
  • Repairs
  • Maintenance
  • Replacement windows and doors (including internal) to a listed building
  • This cannot be combined with planning advice
£50.50
B. Minor alterations
  • Minor alterations to a dwelling
  • Beam cleaning
  • This cannot be combined with planning advice
£101
C. Householder extensions
  • Householder extensions (existing owners)
  • Erection of outbuildings
£252.50
D. Large projects and prospective owners
  • Prospective owners
  • Large scale alterations and extensions
  • Demolition of a whole or large portion of a listed building
  • Erection of a dwelling 
£505

 

Exemptions

Buildings at Risk - these must be either on Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register or Waverley's. Please email heritage@waverley.gov.uk or call 01483 523429 if you are unsure.

Concessions

50% off original charge for follow up heritage pre-application within 6 months.

What we need from you

If you would like any of the advice above , please provide us with the following through the online form:

  • Address of the property
  • Basic information about the property
  • What you are hoping to achieve
  • Detailed information about your proposal including photographs of existing situation, plans (can be very basic eg rough sketch) and any product specifications

Request heritage pre-application advice

If you are about to submit a major proposal that could have an impact on a number of interested parties, you can ask us to deal with your pre-application advice as a consultative forum.  This is a discretionary service.

Who attends the forums

Attendees at the forums include:

  • councillors
  • planning officers
  • other public bodies such as Natural England, the Environment Agency, and the Highways Agency
  • neighbours.

Fee

£5,100.

Find out more

Contact us to request attendance at a development control forum. You will need to provide a brief outline of your proposal and we will confirm your place if the application is suitable.

Email: planningenquiries@waverley.gov.uk

Disclaimer

Any advice given by Waverley officers for pre-application enquiries does not indicate any formal decision by Waverley as the Local Planning Authority. Any views or opinions are given in good faith, and are based on relevant issues in place at the time of consideration, without prejudice to the formal consideration of any planning application. The final decision on any forthcoming planning application can only be taken after Waverley has consulted local people, statutory consultees and any other interested parties. The final decision on an application will then be made either by the relevant Planning Committee or the Head of Planning Services under delegated powers and will be based on all the information available at the time.