Benefit of the pre-application service
We are holding pre-application meetings online and by telephone only. Please refer to our Coronavirus webpage for further updates regarding Council services.
Please note the timeframe in which we expect to respond to your enquiry. However, we are receiving a high level of requests at this time. Your allocated case officer will contact you to advise if those timeframes need to be changed.
Brentwood Borough Council (BBC)’s Planning Development Management Team can offer you advice on the likelihood of gaining planning consent, identifying and advising upon any potential issues which may arise. Whilst an optional service, it can provide a useful solution for applicants who wish to avoid unnecessary delays in the planning process before the commencement of works.
This service is available to both applicants and agents.
The pre-application service allows for an opportunity to discuss the proposed development with the future Planning Officer who will assess your application.
Whilst we cannot design a scheme for you, we can provide a professional judgement on the likelihood of success of an application outlining the policy requirements of the local development plan and national policy requirements.
Your agent and/or architects are responsible for designing your proposed scheme, ensuring its accuracy and compliance with Building Regulations and for finding design solutions where harm may be perceived.
The service is not a design workshop and there is an expectation that agents and architects will interpret any concerns and provide a satisfactory solution which, in some cases, may not fit the applicant’s original design brief.
Submitting a formal planning application can be complicated, expensive and time-consuming; especially if permission is refused.
Our pre-application service allows you to ‘test the water’, helping you to:
- Avoid unnecessary delays to the commencement of works caused by invalid applications and subsequent amendments;
- Save the cost of pursuing unacceptable applications;
- Reduce the time (and fees) of your professional advisors;
- Understand the relevant policies that apply to your development;
- Work collaboratively with the Planning Department to overcome resolvable problems.