Need advice before you make an application?

We operate a pre-application advice service for anyone considering submitting a planning application, including for dropped kerbs. If you would like to submit a request, please complete our pre-application advice form. Once this has been received, you will receive confirmation by e-mail, which will include the allocated reference number, which should be used when contacting us to make the payment. 

Many of our officers are working remotely and meetings about pre-application advice will be via Microsoft Teams. Results of these meetings will not be available for public inspection, but we may be required to supply copies of correspondence to any party making a Freedom of Information request.

If you use this service, you should be aware:

  • Any advice given by 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 advice is still current rests with the 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.

The planning portal gives advice on which developments need planning permission. Anyone applying for planning permission will need to check the planning history of the site to see if you are able to develop your property.

If you think your proposed development could have flooding or other environmental impacts, you should contact the Environment Agency or Natural England. More information is available online, including advice on major developments requiring an environmental permit. Advice for major developments, Nationally Significant Infrastructure projects and developments requiring an environmental permit is also available online. Applicants can also contact the Environment Agency by e-mailing kslplanning@environment-agency.gov.uk.

If you need advice or updates on existing planning applications, please e-mail the planning officer managing your application.

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.