Planning advice from the council

All enquiries on whether planning permission / consent is required and if it is likely to be acceptable, should be made by way of pre-application advice, which is a paid service, please see below.

You might be able to self-serve by reviewing the documents relating to residential planning, or alternatively check if you need planning permission or building regulations approval using the Planning Portal.
 

Planning pre-application advice service

The Planning Service are now able to offer pre-application advice across all types of application details and cost can be viewed below. In addition we are requiring with any submission, photographs of the siting of the proposal, and to include views of all the common boundaries.
 

Advice

If you are seeking an opinion on a planning application, you should use the pre-application advice service. If you need a written confirmation that a proposal does, or does not require planning permission please use the Certificate of Lawful Development procedure, as we are unable to do this over the phone or via email.
 

Certificate of Lawful Development

If you require a formal decision as to whether an existing or proposed development is lawful, then you can submit an application for a Certificate of Lawfulness. There are two kinds of certificate that you can be apply for:

  • Certificates of Lawful Existing Use or Development
  • Certificates of Lawful Proposed Use or Development

Section 10 of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 established a procedure that enables anyone who wishes to do so, to apply to the local planning authority to determine whether a proposed use or operation, or an existing operational development or an existing use of land, or any other matter constituting a failure to comply with any condition or limitation subject to which planning permission has been granted, is lawful, and if so, be granted a certificate to that effect.

A certificate granted for a proposed, or an existing use, operation or activity will specify (by reference to a plan or drawing) the area of land included in the certificate and describe the precise nature of the use, operation or activity which is lawful. The certificate will give the reason for determining the use or operation to be lawful and specify the date of the application for the certificate.

Guidance notes, checklists and application forms for Lawful Development Certificates can be found on our Planning application forms and checklists page. Further advice is available on the Planning Portal.
 

Planning Performance Agreements

Planning Performance Agreements (PPAs) are voluntary agreements between a Local Planning Authority (LPA) and an applicant. Their purpose is to deliver high quality sustainable development that is based on a clear vision and development objectives. They provide a structured way for giving advice to applicants before applications are made, developing supplementary planning documents and processing planning applications, to an agreed project plan and work programme.

All parties involved in a PPA with Uttlesford District Council are expected to adhere to the Icon for pdf Uttlesford Planning Performance Agreement Charter [353.88KB].
 

Apply for pre-application advice

To apply for  pre-application advice please use the online or PDF forms below. Please note we usually charge for this service.

Apply for pre-application advice
 

Icon for pdf Request form for pre-application planning and listed building advice [252.68KB]

 

Charges for pre-application advice from 1 April 2020

All charges include VAT at 20%
 

Householder2020/21
charge
£
Householder - written advice only100.00
Meeting 1 hr and written advice150.00
Follow up advice75.00
Householder/heritage*/listed building consent 
Written advice only300.00
Meeting 1 hr and written advice450.00
Follow up advice225.00

 

Minor development2020/21
charge
£
MINOR development 
Written advice only175.00
Meeting 1 hr and written advice375.00
Follow up advice175.00
MINOR development and heritage* advice 
Written advice only450.00
Meeting 1 hr and written advice550.00
Follow up advice275.00

 

Strategic major development2020/21
charge
£
Strategic MAJOR (Residential development of 100+ and commercial developments of 5,000+ square metres of floor space or on sites over 3 hectares) 
Meeting 1 hr and written advice2700.00
Follow up advice1000.00
Strategic MAJOR (Residential development of 100+ and commercial developments of 5,000+ square metres of floor space or on sites over 3 hectares) including heritage advice 
Written advice only2000.00
Meeting 1 hr and written advice3000.00
Follow up advice1250.00

 

Large scale major development  2020/21
charge
£
Large scale MAJOR (Residential development of 50-99 dwellings and commercial developments of 2,000-4,999 square metres of floor space or on sites of 2-3 hectares) 
Written advice only1000.00
Meeting 1 hr and written advice1500.00
Follow up advice850.00
Large Scale MAJOR (Residential development of 50-99 dwellings and commercial developments of 2,000-4,999 square metres of floor space or on sites of 2-3 hectares) including heritage advice 
Written Advice only1500.00
Meeting 1 hr and written advice2250.00
Follow up advice1000.00

 

Small scale major development2020/21
charge
£
Small scale MAJOR (Residential development of 10 - 49 dwellings and commercial developments of 1,000-1,999 square metres of floor space or on sites of 1 - 2 hectares) 
Written advice only750.00
Meeting 1 hr and written advice1250.00
Follow up advice600.00
Small scale MAJOR (Residential development of 10 - 49 dwellings and commercial developments of 1,000-1,999 square metres of floor space or on sites of 1 - 2 hectares) and heritage advice 
Written Advice only900.00
Meeting 1 hr and written advice1500.00
Follow up advice850.00
Planning Performance Agreements (PPAs)POA
High Hedge complaints500.00

 

Other charges2020/21
charge
£
Planning Performance Agreements (PPAs)POA
High Hedge complaints500.00

*Heritage advice includes Locally Listed Buildings/Ancient Monuments/works or development in a conservation area.

The council will no longer provide an advisory service in respect of trees. General advice on tree matters can be obtained from an arboriculturist.
 

Procedures/notes

On receipt of a completed application form, fee and plans we will check the information submitted and allocate this to an Officer. If we need more information we will notify you by post or email and your enquiry will remain unallocated until the additional information is received.

Exemptions

  • Development of Exception Sites by Housing Associations: this will be for new houses to be constructed on exception sites only, and not for affordable housing schemes as part of larger general-market housing schemes.
  • Development by Town and Parish Councils
  • Development by Community Groups: this will include for example, village hall groups, scout groups, sports groups and other non-profit making community groups. This however only applies to projects for that group, and if part of a wider development scheme would be subject to the standard fee.

Meeting

At that stage you will be contacted and an appointment will be made. Meetings will be held 'virtually' and you will receive an invitation via email. Following the meeting, Officers will confirm their advice to you in writing. This will normally be within 28 days of receipt of the enquiry, in a formal letter or e-mail, depending on what is agreed at the meeting.

Written response

The response will normally be sent within 28 days of receipt of the enquiry.