The Planning Department encourages and welcomes the opportunity to provide advice before a planning application is submitted.  Our aim is to encourage and promote high quality development and to improve the efficiency of our service. 

With effect from the 16th March 2016 the Welsh Government requires all Local Planning Authorities to provide a statutory pre-application service.  A range of charges will be payable for pre-application advice which will vary depending on the size and scale of the development.  These fees are: 

Householder - £25

Minor development - £250 (Development up to 9 dwellings or site of less than 0.49 hectare)

Major development - £600 (10 – 24 dwellings, or on a site of 0.50 - 0.99 of a hectare or if in outline and the number of dwellings is unknown, Minerals, Waste Development, the provision of a building/s where the floor space created is between 1000sq.m. and 1999 sqm)

Large major development - £1000 (development exceeding 25 dwellings where the number is unknown, on a site of 1 hectare or more or the creation of 2000sq.m or more of floor space) 

Our response will include the following:

 

Householder

 

Minor

 

Major

 

Large Major

 

Planning History

Y

Y

Y

Y

Development Plan Policies

Y

Y

Y

Y

SPG

Y

Y

Y

Y

Material Planning Considerations

Y

Y

Y

Y

Assessment of Proposed Development

Y

Y

Y

Y

CIL/S106

N

Y

Y

Y

 

We are also happy to provide a bespoke planning advice service depending on the requirements of your proposed scheme.

Request pre-application advice by completing a pre-application advice query form and emailing to planningservices@rctcbc.gov.uk or by sending to Regeneration & Planning, Sardis House, Sardis Road, Pontypridd, CF37 1DU.  Cheques should be made payable to RCTCBC or the fee can be paid by phoning (01443) 494782

Do I need planning permission?

Changes were made in Wales, from 1 October 2013, which extended further the Permitted Development Rights for householder projects. This means that some alterations to a house and garden do not need to have full planning permission.  The requirement for when Building Regulations apply has not changed.

There are a number of things to take into consideration, and the Planning Portal (the UK Government Planning website) has user-friendly guidance and an Interactive House and Interactive Terrace for you to check your project against.

Online Interactive Guidance

The interactive guidance will take you through the steps needed to find out if the project you are considering would need permission.  Alternatively, you can read the Welsh Government's document Planning: a guide for householders.

If you are still unsure whether your project would need permission, we recommend that you submit an application for full planning permission and if it is assessed as not requiring full permission, we will issue a Certificate of Lawfulness instead.

Lawful Development Certificate

A Lawful Development Certificate will provide you with a definitive answer that planning permission is not required, is legally binding and should be kept safely with your other building related paperwork for when you come to sell your house.  It will provide peace of mind that your project did not need full permission, and could prevent unnecessary delays.

The fee for a Lawful Certificate is 50% of the fee for a full application, and the difference will be refunded if full permission is not required.

If, after reviewing all the information, you are sure your project doesn’t need permission, but you would like the assurance that a Certificate of Lawfulness provides, you can apply for one using the form called Application for Lawful Development Certificate (Proposed), or online through the Planning Portal.

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