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2. Pre-application service


Pre-application advice is a useful tool for providing advice to applicants and agents before they submit proposals but it is also a non-statutory function within Development Management.

In order to allow Development Management officers to concentrate on the core activities of applications and appeals, we considered a temporary suspension of the service. However in recognition of the fact that pre-application discussion enables better coordination between public and private resources and improved outcomes for the community, we have instead decided that, from 1 March 2017, whilst we will still accept pre-application submissions the following limitations apply:

  • A meeting with officers will not be offered
  • One written response will be provided and this will be proportionate to the type of application and its complexity
  • Statutory applications will be prioritised
  • A timescale for the response will not be given

For previously submitted pre-application enquiries, we will endeavour to respond within the timescales previously agreed.

Agents and applicants should also note, if an application is refused and agents/applicants wish to discuss a resubmission to try and address the deficiencies with the original submission, they would also be covered by the above limitations.

What is pre-application advice?

We offer an advice service, which you can make use of before submitting a formal planning application, to improve the quality of planning application submissions and their likelihood of success. This can be achieved by:

  • providing an understanding of the relevant planning policies and other material considerations associated with a proposed development
  • working with interested parties at an early stage to identify, understand and seek to resolve issues associated with a proposed development
  • indicating the possible mitigation of the impact of a proposed development, including any planning conditions
  • identifying the information required to accompany a formal planning application, thus reducing the likelihood of delays at the validation stage.
  • putting in place a Planning Performance Agreement to help with managing the process and agreeing any dedicated resources for progressing the application.

If you live or have a business in the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation's area, the Corporation provides the pre-application advice service in that area.

How much does it cost?

Enquiry Fee
Major (residential more than 10 units, or more than 1000m2 commercial) £1,155
Medium (residential 2 and 10 units, or smaller commercial) £385
Single dwellings, and other developments (not including householder) £165
Householder extensions (written advice) £55
Voluntary groups and parish councils Free
Repairs to listed buildings Free
Vehicle cross-over/dropped kerb confirmation letter £18

What does a prospective applicant need to provide?

The level of information necessary for effective pre-application engagement will vary depending on the scale and nature of the proposed development. A prospective applicant will not necessarily be expected to provide all of the information that would accompany a formal planning application, but it needs to be sufficient information to allow the local planning authority to take an informed view – please see below list of requirements by type of application.

Householder/Minor scale proposal/Medium scale proposal

  • Correct fee
  • Scaled site plan sufficient to identify the site and its surrounding context
  • Sketch drawings and/or photographs of existing site
  • Sketch drawings of proposed development
  • Floor plans
  • Elevations including details of architectural approach and materials to be used
  • Details, if any, of discussions with owners/occupiers of adjoining properties

Major scale proposal/Large/Strategic scale proposal

As above plus:

  • Proposed developer contributions
  • Report detailing what community involvement has been undertaken; what views expressed; what changes have been made, if any, as a result of views expressed

How do I submit an enquiry?

Download and complete the Pre-Application Enquiry form. Send the form along with the fee, plans and information in support of your proposal to:

Planning Department, Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend DA12 1AU

Alternatively you can email the form and accompanying information to

How do I pay?

By telephone

Please telephone 01474 337688. You can pay using a debit or credit card.

Automatic payment machine

You can pay by cash, debit or credit card at the Civic Centre through our automatic payment machine. It's quick and easy. If you need assistance, a member of staff will be happy to help you. Please attach a copy of the receipt to your form.

What happens next?

Once we receive your form and payment, your enquiry will be acknowledged. A case officer will be allocated and a response will be sent to you in due course.

Please note that pre-application advice does not constitute a formal decision of the Council, and would not prejudice or amount to pre-determination of any planning application by the Borough Council.

For further information please contact Planning Administration by emailing or by phoning 01474 337688