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Pre-application advice for Purbeck

This page contains details on pre-application advice and associated charges for development proposals and works to listed buildings in Purbeck district.

Initial Enquiries

If you are thinking about submitting a pre-application request, please can you contact Ros Drane - Planning & Development Officer to discuss your requirements.

The principle of pre-application advice

Are you thinking of making a planning application, but not sure your proposals are acceptable in planning terms? It might be an extension to a residential property, a new house or factory, change of use from one commercial venture to another, the installation of wind turbines or solar panels generating in excess of 50KW or works to a listed building. Whatever you are proposing, there are many benefits to getting advice about your ideas at an early stage of the project. The benefits include:

  • an indication that the proposal is unacceptable and an application will result in refusal

  • an indication of the policies and considerations that will be taken into account by officers in determining an application

  • provides an opportunity for amendments to the proposal which could overcome initial concerns

  • indicate the requirement for contributions towards the Community Infrastructure Levy and whether affordable housing is applicable.

  • identify the need for specialist advice and reports to support the application, including trees, bats, biodiversity, landscape, contaminated land and historic buildings

  • a possible reduction in professional costs and time for drawing up final designs and layouts

The format of pre-application advice

The procedures and charges for pre-application advice have changed from 1 April 2017. The fee payable will be dependant on the type of development proposal.  Further details are available from Purbeck District Council pre-application planning advice - guidance for customers. (pdf, 141kb) (opens in a new window)

Information to be submitted for pre-application advice


  • advice given will accurately reflect the planning policies and standards of the council

  • any advice given in relation to the planning history of the site, planning constraints or statutory designations does not constitute a formal response of the council under the provisions of the Land Charges Act 1975

  • if we have to postpone a meeting e.g. absence of relevant staff through illness, it will normally be re-arranged within 5 working days

  • any views or opinions expressed are given in good faith without prejudice to the formal consideration of any subsequent planning application

  • if, after taking pre-application advice, you decide to submit a planning application, we will publish our written pre-application advice on our website as part of the planning application material.

Complaining to the council

The council aims to give the best possible service to its customers in a helpful, courteous and efficient manner.  If you think the council has not given the matter proper attention or you feel it has been mishandled, there is a formal complaints procedure that is both confidential and impartial to help resolve issues. 

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