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Pre-application planning advice

Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils, in line with many other local authorities, have introduced charging for providing pre-application planning advice. This is in an attempt to recover at least some of the significant amount of cost resulting from the provision of such advice.

The opportunity has been taken to standardise the way in which such advice is given, to introduce quality checks and a target response time of 28 working days. In order to do this it is necessary to treat the process in a similar way to that of a planning application, by introducing an application form and list of information required (where it is available) to help provide sufficient information to enable a proper response to be given.

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