Our Highway Authority operates a scheme of charging for pre-application advice for development proposals and project work. This information provides guidance on the procedure and charging arrangements for pre- application advice.
The Highway Authority considers around 700 consultations each year. The advice of the Highway Authority is an important consideration for the Planning Authority when determining planning applications as a statutory consultee. The Highway Authority welcomes and encourages discussions before a developer submits a planning application. These discussions can result in better quality applications which stand a better chance of a successful outcome and help speed up the decision making process after submission. As a consequence they can help to minimise subsequent costs and avoid abortive applications.
To enable the Highway Authority to provide this service to a consistent and high standard the Highway Authority allocates significant resources to the service. The Council has decided that the cost of providing the service should be recovered directly from the developer and not fall as a general cost to the council taxpayer, in accordance with Section 93 of the Local Government Act 2003. It should be noted that the current statutory planning fees do not cover the cost of pre-application advice given by the Highway Authority.
Development Management approach
The principle of front loading the local planning process is detailed within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The NPPF highlights the benefit for pre-application discussions to be held in order to assist in resolving issues prior to the formal application stage. This will aid in the submission of the right information that is crucial to good decision taking by the Local Planning Authority.
Manual for Streets (March 2007) and subsequent Manual for Streets 2 (September 2010) also emphasise the need for a collaborative approach to shaping development proposals, where developers, local authorities and other public agencies work together to ensure developments are designed and delivered with consideration of all relevant issues.
What do we expect of you ?
Applicants are expected to be aware of Coventry City Council's Planning Policies in considering the early stages of a proposal as this provides the most efficient basis for discussion.
If the proposals do not accord with our planning policies, the applicant would be expected to provide sound reasons why they are contrary to policy.
While we appreciate that some information may not be available for pre-application discussions, we expect a minimum level of information to be provided to enable us to provide quality advice and guidance and ensure that time is used effectively.