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Practice Guide: realising the potential of pre-application discussions

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The research study examines the barriers to the efficient delivery of timely planning decisions and identifies good practice.
This consultation on guidance to local planning authorities on pre-planning application discussions closes on 28 September 2011.
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This Practice Guide provides advice to applicants and local planning authorities on how to make the most of pre-application discussions.

We encourage pre-application discussions. They can help to improve the quality of planning applications and the speed of decision making.

The document describes tools and processes that can assist pre-application discussions. A checklist for local planning authorities and applicants is also provided.

The document forms part of our review of the planning application process.