Need advice before you make an application?

Our Pre-Application Enquiry service is currently suspended, with the exception of enquiries relating to dropped kerbs for residents. This is to help our planning team manage the high volume of applications it is currently dealing with, as well as a backlog of enquiries. We will review this regularly and reinstate the service as soon as possible.

To request advice on dropped kerbs, please use the following pre-application advice form (the fee for this service is £100). Any other enquiries will not be processed. We will continue to review the situation and re-introduce the service as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Advice on whether permission may be required for certain proposals can be found on the planning portal which sets out what does and doesn't need permission (called permitted development rights). You will also need to check if the permitted development rights from the subject property have been removed and this can be done by searching the planning history of the site -

Planning and planning enforcement officers for existing planning applications can be contacted either by e-mail though please do note that they are working remotely and may not immediately be able to respond.

Should you wish to receive advice from the Environment Agency or Natural England for proposals that may have flooding or other environmental impacts, particularly for major applications, details of their paid-for service are available on the following website. Their website also includes how to get advice for major developments and NSIPs and developments requiring an environmental permit or EIA.

For development proposals in Tandridge, the Environment Agency can be contacted via their local email address

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Advice from Surrey County Council as the Highway Authority can also be obtained for a fee. The County Council's charges are in addition to our charges.

If you want to know whether you need planning permission, you should check the planning portal which sets out what does and doesn't need permission (called permitted development rights). You will also need to check if the permitted development rights have been removed and this can be done by searching the planning history of the site.

Once you have done this and you think planning permission is not required, you should submit an application for a certificate of lawfulness for a proposed development, so we can consider your proposal formally and give our opinion.

Please contact planning and planning enforcement officers on existing planning applications by e-mail as they are no longer in the office to take calls.

For all other enquiries, please contact us using our contact us form. Straightforward enquiries will be answered as far as possible, but if you need detailed and site specific advice you will need to use the pre-application advice service.

Going ahead with development work without confirming the works are permitted is entirely at your own risk. 

For the CIL, pre-application advice will provide the opportunity for the applicant/developer to understand whether their development will be liable for the CIL, as well as the potential payment which their development may incur. It will also provide the opportunity to discuss any exemptions which their application may qualify for and the process.

Parts of Tandridge District are located within a buffer zone of the Ashdown Forest (which is currently 7km) including parts of Felbridge and Dormans Park and surrounding areas.

The Ashdown Forest is designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) under the EC Birds Directive and Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the EC Habitats Directive, as well as being a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

As a result the area is afforded a high level of protection under European and national legislation and Regulation 61 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 requires that before development is permitted an assessment is made to establish whether the development is likely, to have a significant effect on such sites.

A Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) has been produced by Wealden District Council, Mid Sussex District Council, Lewes District Council, Tandridge District Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

New households within the buffer zone are likely to generate additional visits to the Ashdown Forest and without appropriate mitigation measures, harm its nature conservation interest.

We are working with Wealden District Council, as the planning authority where the Ashdown Forest is located and the other affected authorities on a Strategic Access Management and Monitoring (SAMM) strategy and an Inter-Authority Legal Agreement has been signed by the Conservators of the Ashdown Forest and Wealden, Lewes, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Tandridge District Councils.

This provides SAMM tariff guidance documents for these local councils which outlines the level of financial contribution required from new residential development to contribute to the SAMM mitigation strategy.

We are likely to require a contribution to be made towards the provision of Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANG) or other recreational areas which will encourage people to visit other spaces rather than the Ashdown Forest.

Before these mitigation measures are established, including the identification of a SANG, we will refuse any proposals within the buffer zone on nature conservation grounds.