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Planning advice in writing

Many queries can actually be quickly resolved without writing in. To find out when a planning application is required, check out Do I need planning permission?

Duty planner and planning surgeries

Would you like to informally discuss whether you need to apply for planning application or other pre-application advice? Then please talk to a Duty Planner or attend one of our regular planning surgeries - find out available times and dates.

How do I get written planning advice?

We offer a range of options for obtaining informal written pre-application advice:

Product

Outline scope

Charges

Planning Performance Agreement

Fully managed process for significant casework that is large in scale or complex in planning terms

Quotation based on cost recovery, invoiced

Timeline+

Bespoke working arrangements and/or advice by agreement

Quotation based on cost recovery, invoiced

Timeline

Agreed structured pre-application dialogue to an agreed timetable with jointly agreed actions

£1000+VAT, invoiced

Advice+

Queries where a meeting or accompanied site visit is required (at our discretion) with written advice

Currently no charge

Advice

Queries where you would like a response about the issues which are likely to be relevant to your proposal, or if you would like to know if you need planning permission.

Currently no charge

Advice

Suitable for most types of planning query where you would like a response about the issues which are likely to be relevant to your proposal, or if you would like to know if you need planning permission.

What is included?

  • Verbal summary of advice by telephone for simpler queries; or
  • Written summary of advice within five weeks
  • One clarifying follow up response if required

What do I need to provide?

As a minimum you need to send us:

What does it cost?

  • There is currently no charge.

Advice+

Suitable for queries where a meeting or accompanied site visit is required, and you would like to receive a written informal view about the issues which are likely to be relevant to your proposal. Please note that meetings and site visits are arranged at our discretion, and may not be necessary in all cases even though requested.

What is included?

  • One meeting or accompanied site visit
  • Written summary of advice within four weeks of the meeting/site visit
  • One clarifying follow up response if required

What do I need to provide?

As a minimum you need to send us:

What does it cost?

  • There is currently no charge.

Timeline

Timeline is designed for projects that would benefit from structured pre-application dialogue to an agreed timetable, with jointly agreed actions. These projects are often commercial developments. Although you can choose timeline pilot for any project, we don't recommend it for straightforward proposals. Our timeline pilots do not offer a fully managed process (that is where PPAs come in), but are suitable where more involved pre-application exchanges are required (but a PPA is not necessary), or as a precursor to a PPA.

What is included?

  • Structured pre-application discussion to an agreed timetable
  • Up to three meetings / site visits
  • An action note by email within three working days of any meeting
  • A written summary of our planning advice - covering content and process - agreed by our Team Leader or Head of Service at an appropriate stage
  • A feedback review telephone call

What do I need to provide?

As a minimum you need to send us:

What does it cost?

  • £1,000 + VAT is payable upon agreement of the timetable.

What do we ask of you?

We ask our Timeline customers to:

  • Provide information to agreed dates, or let us know of changes in advance so that we can reschedule
  • Prepare to make best use of contact time - let us know what you want to get out of it!
  • Provide us with feedback on your experience of the pre-application process

    Timeline+

    Timeline+ is designed for projects where what you need from us, either advice or working arrangements does not warrant a fully managed PPA process, but is beyond the scope of Timeline. These projects are usually commercial and examples include a major scheme with well established project management where the developer knows specifically what they want from us and when and a project with several sites where the customer needed a very quick turnaround.

    What is included and what will it cost?

  • You let us know what you need
  • We meet and discuss your requirements and agree a specification, including who will do the work and when
  • We advise you what it will cost on a cost recovery basis and we invoice you as agreed

Listed Building

This is intended to provide concise advice about listed building issues. This product is not suitable for proposals which will also require planning permission.

What is included?

  • Accompanied site visit within four weeks
  • Summary meeting note

What do I need to provide?

As a minimum you need to send us:

What does it cost?

  • There is no charge payable.

Planning Performance Agreement (PPA)

Planning Performance Agreements manage significant casework that is large in scale or complex in planning terms. Often agreed at the concept stage, PPA's can manage the pre-application, application and post-application process.

What is included?

  • A named PPA team, including a PPA Manager and Case Planner as a minimum
  • Joint project management approach tailored to your proposal
  • Jointly agreed timetable covering pre-application, application and implementation as appropriate
  • Written summary of our planning advice
  • Review meetings as required
  • Validation meeting
  • Pre-application engagement with our committee

What do I need to provide?

If you think a PPA would be suitable for your scheme, please contact the Area Planner for further information.

What does it cost?

  • PPA's are subject to a £1,000 + VAT setup fee and additional charges for our time committed to the PPA process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I send my enquiry?

You can email all the required information to us at planning@lakedistrict.gov.uk or alternatively post it to us at our Head office (LDNPA, Murley Moss, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7RL).

What if I don't send the minimum information with my enquiry?

Unfortunately if you do not send us the minimum information required we will not be able to deal with your query.

Is there anything else it might be useful to send?

Our planning advice is based on the information we receive from you. Please tell us anything about the site or your proposal which will help us to answer your questions. Feel free to email us plans, photos, or other attachments with this request - our information requirements are just a minimum, the more information we have the more effectively we can respond.

Do I need to send plans with my enquiry?

If you would like us to comment on the design of a proposal, or offer a view about whether proposed alterations require a planning application, you will need to provide existing and proposed scale plans with your enquiry.

Can I just email a planner directly?

We always aim to deliver the best planning service we can with the staff available to us. This means we have to carefully prioritise workloads, and manage our resources, channels of communication, and the ways in which we interact with customers. Requests for written advice which require more in-depth responses, need specific research into the site or planning history, or require meetings or site visits fall within the scope of our enquiry procedures. If you email our Case Planners directly with queries which fall within the scope of our enquiry process, you will be asked to resubmit your query with the correct information as detailed above.

Will anyone else be able to read my enquiry?

We do not normally publicise requests for planning advice, but we may share information about your enquiry where the issues raised are relevant to other schemes or applications.  We will also provide copies of enquiries to the public upon request unless you have demonstrated reasons why your query is exempt information under the provisions of Part II of the Freedom of Information Act. Even if there are reasons why your enqujiry is exempt information, we may have to release it in part or in a redacted form. The Information Commissioner can direct us to release information.