Pre-application advice

Following the recent moratorium on dealing with pre-application enquiries the shared planning service at Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils are now in a position to re-commence dealing with such matters.  However it would be very much be appreciated if you could please be patient as we are, understandably, slowly working our way through the resultant backlog.  We will therefore be dealing with all such enquires in the fairest way possible, which is on a date received basis.   


We are very grateful for your patience to date.



If you are considering making a planning application, we can provide you with advice and information beforehand. This should help speed up the application process, identify specific issues relating to a particular site and reduce the likelihood of pursuing applications that are completely unacceptable, thus preventing unnecessary financial outlay.

If you would like our advice, please write to us, with a sketch plan and details of your proposals, either to or to Development Management, South Bucks District Council, Capswood, Oxford Road, Denham UB9 4LH.

Significant resources are allocated to this service, and it has been decided that the cost of providing the service should be recovered directly from its users. As a result, there is a charge for this service  which is based on the estimated amount of time it would take for Development Management officers to formulate their response.

When we receive your enquiry, it will be logged onto the system and a fee request letter will be sent out so you can decide whether or not you wish to proceed with the advice. Please do not pay the Council before you receive a fee request letter.

We will endeavour to respond within 15 working days of receiving payment, although longer may be required for more complex matters or if views have to be sought from other parties or consultees. Advice cannot be provided until the fee has been paid in full. If you pay online for such advice, please make sure to select 'Planning Advice with VAT' from the dropdown.

As from 1st April 2013 our fees for planning advice are as follows:
Charge per hour
Head of Service £220 + VAT
Area Team Managers (or equivalent service posts) £170 + VAT
All  other Planning Officers (or equivalent service posts) £150 + VAT
Site Visit relating to informal advice (flat rate) £100 + VAT


To gain the maximum benefit from this service, please send us as much information about your site and the proposal as possible, preferably with some sketch drawings and rough measurements. The more information you are able to provide us with, the more specific our advice will be.

Advice is given informally, without prejudice to the formal decision making process of the Council.

Advice from the Environment Agency

The Environment Agency provides pre-planning application advice for a proposed development site which is a hectare or more, in flood zones 2 or 3, is close to a watercourse, is on potentially contaminated land, or is to handle waste or hazardous substances. For more information please refer to the Icon for pdf Environment Agency [289.84KB]. They can be contacted on