The planning process can be complex and difficult to understand, particularly for those who may be unfamiliar with the system. The purpose of pre-planning is to give an applicant for planning permission the opportunity to seek advice from the planning authority on the proposed development. This advice could include indicating the relevant objectives and policies of the development plan that may have a bearing on the decision of the application.
In relation to small-scale developments, this advice may be given via a telephone call, correspondence or email. It is not always necessary to hold a pre-planning meeting. This will often depend on the scale of the development. Generally, pre-planning meetings are held in relation to large-scale, complex developments.