Pre-application Advice Suspended
Ashford Borough Council announcement:
'...Regrettably, from the 4 April 2022 and until further notice we are only able to provide pre-application advice for major developments at our Level 3 service.'
Services suspended from 4 April 2022 until further notice:
Free services Householder applications etc.
Level 1 (charged service) Change of use etc.
Level 2 (charged service) Minor proposals
Listed building advice
See Ashford Borough Council's website for details.
The Parish Council aims to achieve the best possible outcome from each development and welcomes informal, pre-application consultations and encourages developers and their agents to make contact. Early engagement saves all parties time and money and achieves better outcomes and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) supports pre-application consultations.
Ashford Borough Council has an agreed protocol for handling pre-application consultations. This protocol is available to download below. First developed in partnership with Wye with Hinxhill Parish Council in 2011, this protocol now applies to all parish councils across the borough.
Wolfson Protocol for pre-application engagement with parish councils within Ashford borough.
Ashford Borough Council's website states that: '... in the interests of transparency, a decision has been taken that we will now also publish our pre-application advice on any subsequent planning application that is submitted for the same site and same/similar proposal. Any personal data will of course be removed to ensure Data Protection is observed.'