Pre-application Community Engagement


Pre-application Community Engagement (PACE) is important if you are submitting a:

  • pre-application or
  • Planning Performance Agreement.

PACE brings together:

  • the community
  • the local council
  • the Local Member(s)
  • the developer

Together they are able to hear the views of local residents early in the planning process.  The views of the local community are an important consideration.

The Council encourages community engagement.  The value in seeking the views of local people early on should not be underestimated:

  • Local issues and
  • concerns

can then be addressed in any future planning application.  Changes made are likely to be material considerations. These will be taken into account and given weight.  The planning application process can be quicker and smoother as a result.

Planning case officers can advise applicants and developers on community engagement options.  All pre-application discussions include this advice from officers.

Options for community engagement

We no longer offer facilitated PACE forums.

Community engagement led by the Local Council

A developer can work with a Local Council to get the views of local residents.  Local Councils can have the best local knowledge.  Guidance to help work together on pre-application discussions:

Please check the local council's own website.   They may publish how they choose to deal with pre-application proposals.

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