Pre-Application Planning Advice Service

If you are thinking about making a planning application, in the first instance you are advised to find out whether planning permission is necessary.

In the event that planning permission is required we can give you pre-application advice and help you get things right first time, saving time and money in the long run. It is worth talking to one of our professional planners for some initial advice.

We have a pre-application enquiry form to complete if you would like to use this service.

Please note - We are now accepting pre-application enquiries electronically. These can be submitted by email to or in electronic format on a CD posted to:

Development Management
South Northamptonshire Council,
The Forum,
Moat Lane,
NN12 6AD.

Hand deliveries can also be made to The Forum, Towcester - please hand your documents to the person sitting on the right immediately inside the automatic doors. Hard copy submissions will still be accepted, however only 1 hard copy of the application enquiry form, site plan and any additional supporting information is required.

Electronic pre-application enquiries will not be validated until the appropriate payment has been received (refer to Pre-Application Fee Schedule above). Payment can still be made by cheque, or debit / credit card. Please note a 1.8% surcharge applies to credit card payments.

For further details or advice please telephone 01327 322237.

In our pre-application response to you, we may refer to the following documents where appropriate. You may look at these before receiving a written response from us, however they might not be relevant in all cases. Where we consider they are relevant to your particular case we will specifically refer you to these documents in our written response.

You may also be interested to know our approach to Negotiating a formal planning application (410 kb pdf)

The Planning Portal also offers a host of useful tools and advice for both householder and business people.

Contact details

Planning Technical Support
Email this service
01327 322237

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