Get planning advice

Advice for large developments

If you're a property developer, you can work in partnership with Watford Borough Council to get expert support for your new project.

Working together, we can:

  • improve the quality of your applications
  • save you time and money
  • identify planning issues in advance.

Apply online for professional planning advice

What's in your pre-application report 

When you apply for pre-application advice, you'll receive a detailed professional report that includes:

  • expert planning research relating to your proposal
  • any planning issues that might be raised
  • advice on relevant planning polices, s106 and community infrastructure levy
  • information to support your application, and the possible outcome of any formal application
  • advice on costs and estimated time scale to processing of an application

Working together with us can improve the quality of your application. It can save you time and money, and identify the planning issues and requirements in advance.

This advice is based on the information you supply and that is already held by the council.

How to get pre-application advice

You can apply for pre-application advice online today

Apply online for professional planning advice

The advice is based on professional judgment and does not constitute a formal response or decision.

It gives a likely outcome of a formal application and no guarantees can be given about the decision that will be made.

Time

You'll get a response within 4 to 6 weeks (unless agreed otherwise) 

Cost

The cost of advice depends on the scale of your project 

Category

Type of development

Type of response

Fee

Timescale

1

       

a)

75 or more residential units

Up to 2 hour meeting and written response (entering into a PPA may be recommended)

£9000

6 weeks or as otherwise agreed

2

       

a)

50-74 residential units 

 

£6000

 

b)

5,000sqm or more of non-residential floor space

 

£6000

 

3

       

a)

25-49 or residential units or where the site area exceeds 1000sqm

Up to 1 hour meeting and written response

£4500

 

b)

2,000sqm to 4999sqm of non-residential floorspace

 

£4500

 

4

       

a)

10-24 residential units or where the site area is 500sqm to 1000sqm

 

£2500

 

b)

500sqm to 1999sqm of non-residential floorspace

 

£2500

 

5

       

a)

Less than 10 residential units or where the site is less than 500sqm

Written response only

£500

4 weeks or as otherwise agreed

b)

100sqm to 999sqm of non-residential floorspace

 

£500

 
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