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This document is the result of merging and expanding reworked versions of the local authority guidance and the pre-application guidance that went out to consultation on 13 April 2012. By merging these, we are avoiding unnecessary repetition of the description of common processes.
The guidance sets out the necessary requirements and procedures and gives clarity on the scope and scale of the consultation required at the pre-application stage.
It covers all the main processes required by an applicant prior to the submission of an application, including the pre-application consultation, Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitats Regulations Assessments, and advice on drafting a Development Consent Order. It has been updated to include a new final section relating to the publication of applications.