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Pre–application planning advice

Pre–application planning advice

We can provide general advice, either on the phone or face to face, about the planning process. Beyond this, in order to obtain site specific advice, you must first pay a fee [PDF, 222Kb].

Payment can be made by cheque, payable to North Lincolnshire Council, or by debit card by contacting 01724 297000. If paying by card please quote the development address or enquiry number if you have this.

Pre-application service

Once the correct payment has been received together with a completed pre-application form [PDF, 143Kb] and supporting documentation, we will provide a comprehensive and timely pre-application response. As explained below, there are four levels of service according to the type of development planned.

Additional meetings

For any additional meetings required, over and above those outlined below, an additional fee will be charged.

Householder developments are defined as those within the curtilage of a house which require an application for planning permission, but are not a change of use.

  • Householder developments are extensions, conservatories, loft conversions, dormer windows, alterations, garages, carports or outbuildings, swimming pools, walls, fences, domestic vehicular accesses including footway crossovers, porches and satellite dishes
  • Excluded from householder developments are applications to change the number of dwellings (flat conversions, building a separate house in the garden), changes of use to part or all of the property to non-residential uses (including business use), anything outside the garden of the property (including stables if in a separate paddock)

This service includes a written response from a Development Management Officer within 15 working days of receiving valid enquiry.

Dependent on the nature of the enquiry, the response will include some, or all, of the following:

  • Clarification about whether you need planning or other associated forms of permission, if that is your request
  • A professional opinion on whether your proposal is likely to obtain planning permission and if not, what changes are recommended to make it acceptable
  • Reference to any previous applications at the site where relevant
  • Details of the planning policies relevant to the council’s consideration of your plans
  • Advice on whether a meeting with a Development Management Officer would be helpful

For dwellings, minor development is one where the number of dwellings to be constructed is between one and nine inclusive. For all other uses, a minor development is one where the floor space to be built is less than 1,000 metres squared, or where the site area is less than one hectare. Also included in this category are ‘changes of use’ and ‘advertisement’ proposals.

This service includes:
  • Advice in writing from a Development Management Officer within 15 days of receiving a valid enquiry.

Depending on the nature of the enquiry, the response will include some or all of the following information:

  • Clarification about whether you need planning permission or advertisement consent
  • A professional opinion on whether your proposal is likely to obtain permission
  • Reference to any previous applications at the site where relevant
  • Details of the planning policies relevant to the council’s consideration
  • Advice on whether a meeting with a Development Management Officer would be helpful

For dwellings, a small scale major development is one where the number of residential units to be constructed is between 10 and 199 (inclusive). Where the number of dwellings to be constructed is not given in the application, a site area of 0.5 hectares and less than four hectares will be used as the definition of a small scale major development. 

For all other uses, a small scale major development is one where the floor space to be built is 1,000 metres squared and up to 9,999 metres squared, or where the site area is more than one hectare but less than two hectares.

This service includes:
  • Up to two pre-application meetings, the first of which will normally be scheduled within 15 working days of receiving a valid pre-application enquiry. Officers from other parts of the council and outside organisations (such as the Environment Agency and Natural England) will also be invited, and actively encouraged to participate, in at least one of these meetings
  • A written opinion, within 15 working days of the final pre-application meeting, on whether your proposal is likely to obtain permission and if not, what changes are recommended to make it acceptable
  • As part of the above, a clear scoping of the planning issues relevant to the consideration of your future application, identifying those that are of the greatest threat to the success of your application, or where significant additional work is recommended. In identifying this, we will use a simple ‘traffic light’ approach so that it is clear which issues are of greatest importance
  • Agreement of an achievable programme with you and the process to be followed so as to achieve a planning permission, including the completion of legal agreements. If required this can be in the form of a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA)
  • Advice on the minimum scope of information and evidence necessary so that your subsequent application will be validated upon receipt and upon any additional information or evidence that we would recommend
  • Advice on pre-application engagement with the local community, interest groups and consultees on your application so that the views of these parties are fully understood, taken into account and reflected within the details subsequently submitted with an application
  • Advice on opportunities to enhance your proposal
  • Intelligence on the local social and economic context for your development
  • Identification of any parallel application processes that will be needed, such as Building Regulations or drainage consents
  • Advice on planning conditions which are likely to be imposed so that their implications are clear and, where possible, in order that information and evidence can be submitted with the application so as to lessen the number of conditions and accelerate a development’s delivery

For dwellings, a large scale major development is one where the number of residential units to be constructed is 200 or more. 

Where the number of residential units to be constructed is not known, a site area of four hectares or more will be used as the definition of a large scale major development. For all other uses a large scale major development is one where the floor space to be built is 10,000 metres squared or more, or where the site area is two hectares or more.

This service includes:
  • Up to two pre-application meetings, the first of which will normally be scheduled within 15 working days of receiving a valid pre-application enquiry. Officers from other parts of the council and outside organisations (such as the Environment Agency and Natural England) will also be invited, and actively encouraged to participate, in at least one of these meetings
  • A written opinion, within 15 working days of the final pre-application meeting, on whether your proposal is likely to obtain permission and if not, what changes are recommended to make it acceptable
  • As part of the above, a clear scoping of the planning issues relevant to the consideration of your future application, identifying those that are of the greatest threat to the success of your application or where significant additional work is recommended
  • Agreement of an achievable programme with you and the process to be followed so as to achieve a planning permission, including the completion of legal agreements
  • If required this can be in the form of a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA)
  • Advice on the minimum scope of information and evidence necessary so that your subsequent application will be validated upon receipt and upon any additional information or evidence that we would recommend
  • Advice on pre-application engagement with the local community, interest groups and consultees on your application so that the views of these parties are fully understood, taken into account and reflected within the details subsequently submitted with an application
  • Advice on opportunities to enhance your proposal
  • Identification of any parallel application processes that will be needed, such as Building Regulations or drainage consents
  • Advice on planning conditions which are likely to be imposed so that their implications are clear and, where possible, in order that information and evidence can be submitted with the application so as to lessen the number of conditions and accelerate a development’s delivery

Exemptions to paying for pre-application advice will be applied consistent with those exemptions for planning applications (with the exception of the last item), namely:

  • People with disabilities – the fee would be exempt if the proposed works are to create access for, or to provide for or improve the safety, health or comfort of a disabled person
  • Registered charities – exempt if the development was in association with the charity
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Listed building applications (any works which would only require listed building consent and not a full application)
  • Applications made by North Lincolnshire Council or upon its behalf

Contact details

planning@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 297000

Development Control
Planning and regeneration
Civic Centre
Ashby Road
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire 
DN16 1AB

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 4.30pm

Duty Officer hours

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 1pm 

Friday: 9am to 1pm 

Last updated: 05/04/2017