We adopted revised local area requirements in July 2018 and are currently in the process of updating this guidance page.

Please check the list of Local Area Requirements July 2018 for the most up to date information before submitting your application.

Where your proposed development is likely to generate significant public interest, a pre-application consultation statement will need to accompany your planning application. The information below provides further details about when a pre-application consultation statement is required, what information this document should include, how to submit it to us and where further information can be found.

When is a pre-application consultation statement required?

A pre-application consultation statement should accompany applications for:

  • major developments
  • developments in sensitive areas, such as conservation areas or areas of historical importance, that are likely to generate significant public interest

The process of producing a pre-application consultation statement is intended to give the local community an opportunity to express their opinions on a proposed development before an application is submitted.

What information should be included in a pre-application consultation statement?

A pre-application consultation statement should include the following information:

  • details of any meetings and consultation activities that have been carried out with the local community to discuss the proposed development
  • details about how the views of the local community have been considered in the formulation of the application

How do I submit a pre-application consultation statement?

If you apply for planning permission online using the Planning Portal, you will be given the opportunity to upload your pre-application consultation statement after you have completed the relevant application forms. Before uploading any files, please read our guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications.

Guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications (PDF).

If you choose to submit a paper-based application instead, you will need to provide four copies of your pre-application consultation statement along with four copies of the relevant application forms.

Where can I find out further information?

For further information on preparing and submitting a pre-application consultation statement, please contact the planning advice and information service.