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Advice on a planning application

Seventy percent of planning applications we receive are invalid because they have been completed incorrectly. The council offers an advice service with experienced Planning Officers to help resolve issues and speed up planning decisions before you submit an application.  

There are three levels of service - the duty planning service, formal pre-application service and a bespoke Planning Performance Agreement service. Which level you choose depends on the advice you are looking for and the scale of your proposal.

To help you decide what it is you need, there is a summary of the different services and how to access then below: 

1. Duty planning service

We offer an appointment-only Duty Officer Service for informal planning queries. The Duty Planning Service is suitable for general, informal procedural advice from an experienced officer. During the appointment they can discuss whether your application form has been completed correctly, offer advice on the planning processes, check application validation, check whether planning permission or listed building consent is required and more. The cost is £67.20 for a 20-minute appointment at the Customer Centre, 222 Upper Street, N1 1XR or by phone, this includes a follow up summary email. Click here for more information on the scope of the service and to book an appointment.

2. Formal pre-application service 

Our formal pre-application advice service involves a Planning Officer reviewing your plans and providing written advice on the acceptability of your development proposal based on our unique experience and knowledge of Islington. We can also provide site visits for an additional fee. This early engagement enables key issues to be identified up front, avoids abortive planning applications and speeds up the statutory process. This service is applicable to the full range of development types and is priced according to the size of the development.

For further information on this service please visit the formal pre-application page.   

3. Bespoke Planning Performance Agreement service

For major development proposals we encourage the use of a Planning Performance Agreement. This service is a project management tool, which involves our experienced Planning Officer working collaboratively with you to help shape a development to optimize the site use and deliver a development that is acceptable to the community. This service can be used at any time in the development process. For more information on this service please visit the Planning Performance Agreement page.

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