If you’re thinking about submitting a planning application in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, there are changes in the pre-application service which may affect you.
New legislation from the Welsh Government means that from 16 March the National Park Authority must provide a statutory pre-application service for which there is a charge.
Pre-application service charges come into effect at Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority from 16 March 2016.
The Authority’s Director of Park Direction and Planning, Jane Gibson stated: “The fees charged for statutory pre-application services are the same across Wales, although they will vary depending upon the size and scale of the proposed development, ranging from £25 for a householder up to £1,000 for a large major development.
“The pre-application service can provide an applicant with written advice about a prospective development, and could help save you time and money at a later date when putting together proposals around planning permission, listed building consent and advertisement consent.
“For example, pre-application advice can help ensure an application is complete, comprehensive and to a satisfactory standard, thus avoiding being invalid at registration stage or resulting in a refusal of permission based on a lack of information. Improved timelines and improved quality standards will underpin the new service.”
The mandatory introduction of fees for this advice is part of a number of changes to the planning system following the Planning Act (Wales) 2015, and the Town and Country Planning (Pre-Application Services) (Wales) Regulations 2016, which require all local planning authorities in Wales to provide a statutory pre-application service.
The National Park Authority Committee will be asked to ratify the new fees at its 16 March meeting. The National Park Authority planners will continue to offer a free planning surgery on Thursdays – you will need to make an appointment.