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Is there a fee for the pre-application advice service?

Is there a fee for the pre-application advice service?

Yes, the Council charges a fee for its pre-application advice service, please see details below:

MALDON DISTRICT COUNCIL PRE-APPLICATION FEES 2019/20

Type of development

Further details

Cost (Inc. VAT)

Householder development (Duty Planner)

Only available for non-Complex Householder advice. This would include extensions to single dwellings, porches, garages, outbuildings and walls and fences. (No written advice).

Free

Householder development (Written advice)

Includes proposals to alter and extend individual houses and flats for residential purposes where the development relates to a building which is not listed as being of architectural or historic interest. In cases where the house or flat is listed then the charge will fall within Minor Development.

£105

Householder development (Meeting* with Planning Officer of no more than one hour and written advice)

Includes proposals to alter and extend individual houses and flats for residential purposes where the development relates to a building which is not listed as being of architectural or historic interest. In cases where the house or flat is listed then the charge will fall within Minor Development.

£201

Small-scale commercial development (Written advice)

Includes proposals for:

• Change of use up to 200m2

• Extensions to commercial properties under 50m2

• 1-3 Advertisements

• Amendments to Previously Approved Schemes

£105

Small-scale commercial development (Meeting* with Planning Officer of no more than one hour and written advice)

Includes proposals for:

• Change of use up to 200m2

• Extensions to commercial properties under 50m2

• 1-3 Advertisements

• Amendments to Previously Approved Schemes

£201

Minor development (Written advice)

Includes proposals for:

• 1-4 residential units or gross external floorspace of up to 499m2

• Change of use between 200m2 and 499m2

• Extensions to commercial properties over 50m2

• Over three advertisements

• Public Art

• Telecommunications Equipment

• Air Conditioning / Ventilation Equipment

• Amendments to Previously Approved Schemes

£266

Minor development (Meeting* with Planning Officer of no more than one hour and written advice)

Includes proposals for:

• 1-4 residential units or gross external floorspace of up to 499m2

• Change of use between 200m2 and 499m2

• Extensions to commercial properties over 50m2

• Over three advertisements

• Public Art

• Telecommunications Equipment

• Air Conditioning / Ventilation Equipment

• Amendments to Previously Approved Schemes

£599

Medium development (Written advice)

Includes proposals for:

• 5-9 residential units or gross external floorspace of 500-999m2

£399

Medium development (Meeting* with Planning Officer of no more than one hour and written advice)

Includes proposals for:

• 5-9 residential units or gross external floorspace of 500-999m2

£665

Major development (Written advice)

Includes proposals for:

• 10-20 residential units

• Non-residential development with a gross external floorspace over 1,000m2

£665 (Plus additional £21 +VAT per dwelling to a maximum of 74 dwellings)

Major development (Meeting* with Planning Officer of no more than one hour and written advice)

Includes proposals for:

• 10-20 residential units

• Non-residential development with a gross external floorspace over 1,000m2

£1331 (Plus additional £21 +VAT per dwelling to a maximum of 74 dwellings)

Strategic Proposals (Planning Performance Agreements) (Meeting* with Planning Officer of no more than one hour and written advice)

Includes proposals for:

• Any application of 75 dwellings or more; or any outline residential development proposals whose site is 2 hectares or more.

• Any residential proposal promoted as an allocated site within the LDP.

• Any 100% Affordable Housing proposals of six dwellings or 0.3ha or more in outline form.

• Any non-residential development proposal, whose floor area is 1,500 square metres or more or whose site area is 2 hectares or more.

• Any non-residential proposals relating to development proposals allocated within the LDP.

• Any retail development 1,000 square meters or more or which of 250 square metres or more and is proposed to be beyond existing town centres as defined in the local plan or emerging LDP.

• Any mixed-use development proposals whose site area is 2 hectares or more or is of 75 dwellings or 1,000 square metres commercial floor area or more.

• Wind Turbines

• Any wind energy proposals whose output capacity is 1Mw or more or which proposes three or more turbines of 30m or more.

• Any Solar energy proposals whose output capacity is 1Mw or more or which proposes 4,000 or more solar panels.

• Energy from Waste Scheme which is 1KW capacity or more.

Individually determined at full cost recovery

Minor Alterations to Listed Building (Written advice)

Only available for very minor and non-complex advice. This would include replacement windows. This only relates to development that does not fall within any category above. In those instances where it does the higher fee will be required.

£79

Alterations/Extension to Listed Building (Written advice)

Includes proposals for:

• Alterations to a listed building

• Extensions and additions to a listed building

• Demolition of an unlisted building within a conservation area

This only relates to development that does not fall within any category above. In those instances where it does the higher fee will be required.

£266

Alterations/Extension to Listed Building (Meeting* with Planning Officer of no more than one hour and written advice)

Includes proposals for:

• Alterations to a listed building

• Extensions and additions to a listed building

• Demolition of an unlisted building within a conservation area

This only relates to development that does not fall within any category above. In those instances where it does the higher fee will be required.

£649

Development in a Conservation Area (Written Advice)

This only relates to development that does not fall within any category above. In those instances where it does the higher fee will be required.

£201

Development in a Conservation Area (Meeting* with Planning Officer of no more than one hour and written advice)

This only relates to development that does not fall within any category above. In those instances where it does the higher fee will be required.

£585

Minor Tree advice (Tree within a conservation area only) (Written advice)

Includes proposals for:

• Works to 1-4 individually listed trees

£79

Minor Tree advice (TPOs only) (Written advice)

Includes proposals for:

• Works to 1-4 individually listed trees

• Replacement of 1-4 individually listed trees

£105

Minor Tree advice (TPOs only) (Meeting* with appropriate Officer of no more than one hour and written advice)

Includes proposals for:

• Works to 1-4 individually listed trees

• Replacement of 1-4 individually listed trees

£266

Major Tree advice (TPOs only) (Meeting* with appropriate Officer of no more than one hour and written advice)

Includes proposals for:

• Works to 5 or more individually listed trees

• Replacement of 5 or more individually listed trees

• Works to trees within an area protected under a Tree Preservation Order

• Works to trees within a woodland protected under a Tree Preservation Order

£533

Inspection of compliance with Enforcement Notice

Written confirmation that an enforcement notice has been complied with.

£266

Compliance with Condition requests

Includes, but not exclusively:

• Written confirmation that a condition(s) has been complied with

• Written confirmation that a condition(s) has been discharged

£201 per decision

Compliance with S.106 Agreement requests

Written confirmation that all/some S.106 obligations have been agreed

£133 per agreement

Planning History requests

Includes, but not exclusively:

• Written confirmation of any restrictions imposed on a site

• Confirmation of authorised use of a site

• Confirmation of an absence of an agricultural occupancy condition

£201

* All pre-application and advice Meeting’s will be held at the Council Offices. However, if it is agreed necessary to convene a meeting on site, travel time to and from the site will be charged at the hourly meeting rate. Officers are unable to hold a site meeting without the prior deposit of plans or written proposals.

Exemptions

Please be advised that the following categories of the applicant will receive a free Pre-Application Service (evidence may be required):

• Voluntary organisations • Housing Associations • Town and Parish Councils • Essex County Council • Non-profit organisations providing public services

Fees can be paid using the following methods: 

BACS - please phone 01621 854477 for our BACS details. 

Pay by phone using a debit card - please call 01621 854477 and speak to an advisor. Please do not use our Automated Telephone Payment service for pre-application fees.