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Pre-application advice


We work in partnership with residents, community groups, architects and developers to create sustainable communities. We balance the diverse needs of all sections of our community to develop and regenerate the borough.

To improve our service, we offer a pre-application advice service. There is a charge for this service.

Benefits of pre-application advice

We welcome and encourage discussion before planning applications are submitted, especially for major or complex schemes.

Pre-planning application advice:

  • identifies the information needed to make an application valid, allowing  applications to be processed more quickly
  • gives an understanding of the planning policies for a particular site and development
  • identifies the need for specialist input at an early stage
  • gives an understanding of the procedure, consultation and estimated timescale in  processing an application
  • identifies unacceptable proposals, saving the cost of pursuing an abortive application
  • highlights particular issues that the development identifies with
  • avoids or minimises costly, time consuming amendments which could lead to re-consultation
  • checks to make sure the application is valid and complete as the scheme is finalised, ensuring the application is not held up before registration
  • drafts and outlines additional requirements where necessary (such as Section 106 agreements), minimising the time taken to reach agreement after the decision on planning permission is made

How to submit pre-planning advice

Request pre-planning application advice by completing an application form (attached below).

Return it (with any supporting plans or documents) to

Alternatively you can post it to:

North Tyneside Council
Planning, 1st floor left
Quadrant East
The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY

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Pre-planning advice charges
Category Type of advice Charge

Householder enquiries
(e.g. extensions or alterations to existing dwellings)

Informal opinion of proposal with no or unaccompanied site visit £30

Minor development
(e.g. residential schemes of 1-9 dwellings, commercial development with no new floorspace less than 1,000 sqm, telecommunications development, advertisements)

Informal opinion of the proposal with 1 meeting and 1 written response £200
Stage 1 major development
(e.g.10 dwellings or more, change of use of 1,000+ sqm of floorspace, residential development on sites over 0.5ha, commercial development resulting in new floorspace over 1000 sqm)
Stage 1 is for seeking an in principle view of a proposal only, including 1 meeting and 1 written response £500

Stage 2 major development

Stage 2 is for detailed pre-application advice £1,500
Demolition works in conservation areas, listed building consent works, works to alter or extend a dwelling for a disabled person, works to protected trees   No fee

Any opinion expressed by a planning officer does not automatically pre-determine the final outcome of any proposed planning application. The opinions expressed are based on the information supplied. Nor will an officer express a view as to whether or not planning permission is required for a proposal.

Planning obligations

Planning obligations also referred to a Section 106 agreements are legal agreements between the local planning authority and the developer.  Your pre-application discussions can establish whether you will be required to make any contributions as part of your planning application.

The Supplementary Planning Document sets what these requirements may be.

Local Plan

Our Local Plan gives details of material planning criteria on a variety of different types of development and set out the policies that would be used to determine any planning applications.

Find out more at the Local Plan section.

Employing an architect

If you are considering employing an architect, the Architects Registration Board (ARB) is the body set up by Parliament as the independent UK regulator of architects.

They keep the official UK Register of Architects, and only people in the Register are legally entitled to use the name "architect" in business or practice.

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