The pre-application stage
Before an applicant sends their application for a proposed development to the Planning Inspectorate, they must carry out public consultation.
This feedback will then be taken into account and used to help shape the proposed project.
This happens at the pre-application stage.
The applicant must consult:
- the general public
- parish councils
- statutory consultees
- local authorities and councils
- land owners and tenants
They must consider all comments and information from members of the public and organisations.
Getting involved in the applicant's consultation during the pre-application stage is very important.
This is your opportunity to put forward any questions and concerns, learn more about the development and how it might effect the area.
Check the guide on how you can have your say.
About the pre-application service for applicants
We offer a pre-application service for applicants who are preparing an application. This is a free service.
- providing advice about how to prepare an application
- pre-submission checks and reviews of draft documents
- checking applicants have followed all the required steps
Advice for local authorities at the pre-application stage
There is a variety of considerations and opportunities for local authorities to engage.
You can view our detailed advice notes with more information about what you need to do if you represent a local authority.
More detailed advice
If you need more detailed advice, you can check our advice notes for more information.
Read the full set of detailed advice notes