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Information for developers

If you want to submit a major application, you must have consulted with the community on your proposals before submitting your application.

Twelve weeks before you submit an application, you must submit a proposal of application notice, indicating how you will carry out consultation before submitting the formal application.

You must also ensure that all consultation events that you hold in relation to your application are advertised in one local newspaper at least seven days in advance of the event.

You can find out more information on pre-application community consultation in our pre-application community consultation process pack.

Submitting your application

You must submit a pre-application consultation report with your planning application. The report must detail the consultation undertaken and any changes made to the proposal as a result.

The purpose of the report is to confirm that pre-application consultation has taken place in line with statutory minimum requirements and with any further requirements set in response to the proposal of application notice (PAN).

The report should set out what steps were taken to comply with the statutory and PAN requirements. This should include copies of advertisements for the public event(s) and specifiy who has been consulted and what methods have been used.

It is advisable that the report also includes:

  • reference to, and examples of, material made available at public events
  • response from those consulted and the applicant's consideration of those responses.

The report should also set out to what extent the proposals may have changed as a result of pre-application consultation.

The report must be made in writing and accompany the when submitted. Failure to include a pre-application consultation report with your application will deem in invalid.

We are required to include the report on part 1 of the planning register along with the application, plans and drawings.

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