Need advice before you make an application?

To help provide prospective developers and those who want to extend their house, we charge a fee for pre-application advice. To arrange this please use our pre-application advice form. 

These discussions identify the relevant planning issues, the site history and planning policies relevant to the site, the supporting information required with the application and the range of other statutory consents which may be required.

Where applicable, the possible requirements of any legal agreement can also be identified, so prospective applicants can arrange for legal obligations to be prepared and submitted with applications.

We also offer a pre-application advice service for larger schemes. 

Information for prospective purchasers and general guidance on householder planning applications

Charges apply to all meetings or exchanges of correspondence for all extensions, new build, conversions or change of use proposals.

Charges do not apply to proposals involving improving access for disabled people to their homes or for advice on enforcement matters. Parish or village councils will be allowed a 50% reduction in the charges in respect of their own proposals. No guarantee of a particular decision or even recommendation can be given.

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.

Before meeting developers or their agents, we expect them to think carefully about their proposals and to provide us in advance with the following basic information:

  • Description of the proposed development and schedule of users.
  • A site location plan (scale 1:1250) with site boundary indicated.
  • Photographs and sketch drawings showing the site as existing, indicating buildings, trees and schedule of existing uses.
  • Outline of proposal (on plans scale 1:200 or similar).
  • Sketch drawings showing height/scale of development.
  • For larger sites, other information may be required including information related to any necessary Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • Results of any preliminary consultations carried out by the prospective applicant with service providers such as highways, drainage, health and education.

Our pre-application advice request form will ask you to confirm:

  • The required information has been provided (proposed plans and completed application form).
  • You have submitted payment.

Once this has been received, you will receive confirmation by email, which will include the case officer’s contact details.

We don’t usually have meetings for householder enquiries. Advice will be provided in writing.

If a meeting is booked, the case officer will aim to make contact within five working days of receipt of the acknowledgement e-mail to make the necessary arrangements and to request any additional information.

Meetings will normally be held at the Council Offices in Oxted, but we can also consider site meetings, subject to an additional charge. This would be in addition to any charge already made for a site visit, which relates only to the officer visiting the site in advance of the meeting.

Where written advice only is to be given, we will aim to provide this within 15 working days of the date of acknowledgement, unless otherwise agreed with the case officer. Following a meeting, we will aim to provide a summary of the discussion/meeting notes within 10 working days of the meeting, unless otherwise agreed with the case officer.

Follow up meetings may be arranged at the case officer’s discretion, subject to the payment of an additional fee.

Anyone using this service should note:

  • Any advice given by Council officers for pre-application enquiries does not constitute a formal response or decision for any future planning applications.
  • Any views or opinions expressed are given in good faith, based on existing planning policies and standards, without prejudice to the formal consideration of any future formal planning application which will be the subject of public consultation and ultimately decided by the Council.
  • Little or no weight should be given to pre-application advice for schemes submitted more than one year after the advice being issued. The responsibility for checking that advice is still current rests with the prospective applicant. This period may be reduced if a material change in policy at either national or local level is introduced.
  • Any advice given in relation to the planning history of the site, planning constraints or statutory designations does not constitute a formal response under the provisions of the Local Land Charges Act 1975.

Results of such meetings will not be available for public inspection. We may be required to supply copies of correspondence to any party making a Freedom of Information request.

Separate arrangements/timescales will apply to advice being provided under the pre-application advice service for larger schemes. 

Larger schemes Fee
The fee includes up to three meetings, a site visit and a factual presentation to the members of the Planning Committee and local ward councillors £5000

Dwellings Letter Meeting Site visit
10 or more (or sites over 0.5ha where the number of dwellings is unknown) £800 £1200 for up to 2 hours Additional £140
5 or more (or of less than 0.5ha where the number of dwellings is unknown) £470 £700 for up to 1.5 hours Additional £140
4 or less (if the number of dwellings is unknown the charges above apply) £256 £395 Additional £140

Non-residential development Letter Meeting Site visit
Floor area proposed exceeds 1000 sq.m (or where the floor area is not known, site area exceeds 0.5ha) £800 £1200 for up to 2 hours Additional £140
Floor area proposed less than 1000 sq.m (or where the floor area is not known, site area does not exceed 0.5ha) £470 £700 for up to 1.5 hours Additional £140
Not falling into the above eg adverts, telecoms, reserved matters, shop fronts etc. £256 £395 Additional £140

Householder proposals Fee
This only applies to advice requested by Tandridge residents in connection with their principal place of residence on matters that would be covered by the Householder Proposals national application form (1APP). £100

Householder proposals for prospective owners Letter Meeting Site visit
Householder proposals which do not meet the criteria above. £256 £395 Additional £140

All prices are inclusive of VAT at 20%.

Charges are based on estimates of officer time, overheads and on-costs. Cheques should be made payable to Tandridge District Council.

If you receive pre-application advice by letter or at a meeting and you have been charged for that advice, you may want to submit follow-up information. If you do this and do not request a further meeting we will decide if the nature of the follow-up request is simply requiring confirmation that any amendments made match the advice given. If this is the case there would be no further charge.

If your follow-up request comprises a scheme substantially different from the original request or contains significant new information we need to consider then a further fee will be required. The fee will be assessed in the same way as if this were a new request.

Please use this contact form to submit your enquiry relating to non-householder planning proposals.

The duty planning officer takes phone calls and gives general planning advice to the public between 9.30am and 1pm on 01883 722000, but only where the enquiry is made by residents who live in the district in connection with their main place of residence (and in matters covered by the Householder Proposals national application form.

For all other enquiries, including those from prospective purchasers of buildings and land in Tandridge (commercial and residential), please contact us.  

Straightforward enquiries will be answered as far as possible, but where detailed and site specific advice is being sought you will be directed to the Council’s pre application advice service.

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 Interim Legal Agreement has been signed by the Conservators of the Ashdown Forest and Wealden, Lewes and Tandridge District Councils.

This provides SAMM tariff guidance documents for these three 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.