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.
If you are thinking of undertaking an alteration or extension to your property there is a Householder Supplementary Planning Document that sets out the Council’s policy on house extensions dormer windows and other residential alterations.
The planning department does not offer a written Pre Application service for alterations, extensions and improvements to existing dwellings. However, the Duty Planning Officer Service available at Britannia House Customer Service Centre and Keighley Town Hall does provide informal advice on planning policy relating to householder developments.
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.
The provision of pre-application advice requires significant resources. In order to provide a consistent service to a high standard, the Council decided to use discretionary powers in the Local Government Act 2003 to recover the costs incurred.
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 standard charge 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.
The service provides the following benefits:
Information you will receive from us:
Sufficient information is required for us to provide you high quality advice. The following is not an exhaustive list, but is a good guide. The more information provided the more comprehensive advice we can give.
The following documents are required ten working days in advance of any meeting with the planning officer.
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.
You can apply for pre application advice by submitting the Pre Application Form to the address on this page.
The standard fee must be paid prior to the first meeting.
Please select 'pre application fees' in the second options box.
You will need to provide the site address, payment amount and application reference number (where known).
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