If your proposal requires planning permission, we would encourage you to consult our policies or where applicable obtain pre-application advice before submitting a formal planning application.
The Council has produced a range of supplementary planning documents which provide theme based and site specific advice relating to development proposals.
These documents can be found on the Supplementary Planning Documents page.
Advice on shopfronts and security measures can be found on the Shopfront Design Guide webpage.
The Duty Planning Officer Service available at Britannia House Customer Service Centre and Keighley Town Hall also provide informal advice on planning policy relating to householder small scale residential and commercial developments and alterations to commercial premises
We can also provide written pre application advice for minor development proposals prior to the submission of a planning application
The aim of the pre-application service for minor developments is to provide greater certainty and clarity to applicants and developers by identifying planning issues and requirements at the earliest possible stage. This would speed up the planning process. It can help to minimise the cost of a developer’s subsequent planning application and helps avoid abortive applications.
Pre-application advice will result in a higher proportion of planning applications being valid on receipt and increase the likelihood of applications being determined within the eight week target period.
This is a separate service from the Major Pre Application Advice service.
This service is aimed at minor development proposals. These are defined as being proposals for:
The service will also include other applications associated with minor developments, such as listed building consent and conservation area consent.
The service provides the following benefits:
You can apply for pre application advice by submitting the Pre Application Form, supporting information and fee to the address on this page.
To help us respond to your request, please provide as much information as possible about your proposal. As a general guide we would suggest that the following information should be submitted:
The standard fee is £150. This fee includes the planning officer’s time to investigate and feedback in a meeting with the applicant and a final written comment. It also includes the time of any required specialist officer at the meeting and their contribution to the final written advice.
Please note that the fee is for the provision of pre-application advice. It does not count towards the fee for any subsequent planning application. The fee is non-refundable unless the meeting is cancelled by the Council.
Information about how to pay your fee can be found on the application form.
Information you will receive from us:
Any pre application advice that has been provided will be carefully considered when reaching a decision or recommendation on an application; subject to the provision that circumstances and information may change or come to light that could alter that position. Any advice given by Council Officers does not constitute a formal response or decision of the Council.
Any views or opinions expressed are in good faith, and to the best of ability, without prejudice to the formal consideration of any planning application which will be subject to public consultation and ultimately decided by the Council.
This is a separate application process to ensure that the construction of a building meets the standards under Building Regulations. Those issues to be considered are national standards for health and safety, energy conservation, and access to and about buildings. A qualified person will carry out periodic inspection of the construction work and confirm that it is in accordance with a submitted plan and meets the applicable requirements.
Bradford Building Control Services offers pre-application advice at the design stage, without charge. We can arrange a meeting with a building control officer, or you can contact them at:
Telephone: 01274 433807
Fax: 01274 435081 or 722840