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Planning Enquiries

As part of the Development Management approach to planning practice in Worcestershire, Redditch Borough Council is able to provide you with advice and information on matters relating to planning prior to a planning application being submitted.

We strongly encourage you to take the opportunity to seek our advice prior to submitting an application, as we believe there are considerable benefits:

  • It can save you time in submitting an application for your proposed development, when one is not required;
  • It will assist you in preparing proposals for formal submission which, providing you have taken our advice fully into account, are likely to be handled more quickly and smoothly;
  • It may lead to a reduction in time spent by your professional advisors in working up proposals;
  • It gives you an opportunity to understand how policies will be applied to your development;
  • It can identify at an early stage where there is a need for specialist input, for example on matters relating to listed buildings, trees, landscape, noise, transport, contaminated land, ecology and archaeology;


Types of Planning Enquiries


Permitted Development Enquiries (Do i need Planning Permission?)


Permitted development enables some limited works or development to be carried out at some properties or types of buildings, without the need to expressly apply for planning permission. This right is granted by Statute and is subject to some conditions and limitations.

It is often the interpretation of these conditions which require the input of a professional Planning Officer to determine whether or not you need to move to the next stage of formally applying for planning permission.

Advice is available on a range of small scale projects (erecting sheds, extending your dwelling, converting your attic) from the planning portal 

If you want to clarify whether your proposed Development is Permitted and would not require Planning Permission please contact us using one of the methods listed below and provide us with details of your proposal:

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Write to us at Development Management, Town Hall, Walter Stranz Square, Redditch, Worcs, B98 8AH    Please note: There is no longer any charge for this type of enquiry.



Pre Application Enquiries

If you need to apply for planning permission, but wish to seek advice on the acceptability of your proposals, you may seek pre-application advice. This service is intended to provide an indication of whether your proposal is likely to gain planning permission or not, and what you would need to submit with any application that you make.

For smaller schemes, this is a simple process that can be done through the exchange of correspondence, although if necessary a meeting can be held at the Council House or Town Hall. For larger schemes, meetings may well be necessary, and the discussions can include several rounds of meetings.


Pre Application Enquiry Fees


Changes to Pre application enquiries charges come into effect on 1 October 2013 

From 1 October 2013 the only remaining Pre Application Enquiries where a fee would be required would be for enquiries that relate to New Dwellings (including conversions).

The fees

Number of dwellings proposed

Development site area if no. of dwellings unknown

Cost of LPA advice

Cost of additional meeting (after first three)

1-4 dwellings

Less than 0.5ha



5-9 dwellings




10-49 dwellings




50-199 dwellings




200+ dwellings

More than 2ha



All other types of enquiries are now free; including Permitted development Enquiries.

We do have a setdocument iconPre Application Enquiry Form that you can fill out and send into us by email to or by post to the following address: Development management, Town Hall, Walter Stranz Square, Redditch, Worcs, B98 8AH.


To pay

If a fee is required for your enquiry you can either pay by sending us a cheque or by making a telephone payment.  Details of how to do this are set out below: 

  1. Cheque:- Send a cheque to Development management, Town Hall, Walter Stranz Square, Redditch, Worcs, B98 8AH. Please write the first line of the site address on the reverse of the cheque and where possible include a covering communication.
  2. Telephone Payments :- These can be made by contacting us ontelephone 01527 881770 during normal office hours.


For further information regarding our Planning Enquiry procedures, please contact the Development Management Team:

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