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Planning: pre-application advice

If you need planning permission, we advise that you discuss your proposals with us before you make your application, particularly if the application is complex. Find out about our pre-application service here.

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Newham’s pre-application service

The National Planning Policy Framework encourages pre-application discussions because they improve the speed and success of the planning system. 
At Newham Council, some of the planning applications we receive raise complex issues. We want to help developers through the planning process to deliver high-quality schemes, and our pre-application service supports this aim.


We charge for the service so that we can allocate more resources to this important early stage in the process.
You can find out more about the service and the fees in our pre-application service guidance note and charging schedule.

What are the benefits of the pre-application service?

The benefits include:
  • more certainty at an earlier stage in the process
  • clarity about planning policies and issues specific to your site
  • assessment of development proposals by officers, senior managers and technical officers (for example relating to transport, design and environmental health) at an early stage
  • the opportunity to steer projects in a form that will be attractive to the community and acceptable to the planning authority
  • a reduced risk of abortive work and the delays and costs which this entails
  • early discussions about possible planning conditions, S106 agreements and the community infrastructure levy
  • clarity about the documents you need to send with your application to make sure it is valid when we receive it
  • less chance that amended plans will be needed after you make an application
  • quicker planning decisions once you make an application.

Project planning performance agreements

For major planning applications we also like to agree a project planning performance agreement with you. The agreement sets a timetable for a development proposal, from the earliest stage to the planning decision.
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