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The Development Control team provide the facility for prospective applicants to obtain advice on potential minerals and waste developments through discussion with planning officers before submitting a planning application. This advice covers what the relevant considerations for such an application are likely to be and the information that is likely to be required to accompany a planning application.   It will generally include an officer view as to whether or not planning permission is likely to be granted.

In order to provide a high standard of service with consistent advice the County Council has decided that the cost of providing this pre–application advice service should be met by potential developers rather than fall on council tax payers. Therefore this service is subject to a charge in accordance with the below scale of fees:

  • For Major developments the charge is £400 (+ VAT). 
  • For Minor developments the fee is £200  (+ VAT).

A development is classed as major if it involves a land area of 1 hectare or more or if it involves the construction of a building whose footprint reaches or exceeds 75 sq. metres. Any developments below these thresholds are classed as minor.

The protocol below provides further details about pre planning application advice, including information on the benefits of obtaining pre-application advice; how to apply; further details regarding fees; and the terms, conditions and level of service provided.

All requests for pre-application advice must be accompanied by a completed copy of the application form below.

The form, associated documents and requisite fee should be sent to:

Cumbria County Council, Development Control Team, County Offices, Busher Walk, Kendal, LA9 4RQ

Electronic copies of the forms and documents must also be emailed to:


Other sources of specialist pre-application advice:

Natural England also offer a Discretionary Advice Service (DAS) to provide advice to developers at the pre-application and post-consent stages of planning applications. Details of this service can be found on their website's Discretionary Advice Servicethis external link will open in a new window Page. A Leafletthis external link will open in a new window summarising their service is also available.