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Before you make a planning application

Planning permission

If you require notification in writing from the planning department to confirm if your proposal requires permission, then a certificate of lawfulness will need to be submitted and there is a fee for such an application.

Find out if planning permission is required.

The following guide will explain the planning process: Plain English guide to the planning system

Determining a planning application

Development plan policies have an impact on applications for planning permission, so the government requires that the decision must be taken in accordance with the development plan unless there are considerations that indicate otherwise. The development plan for Wyre consists of Wyre Local Plan (2011 -2031) (incorporating partial update of 2022) together with the Joint Lancashire Minerals and Waste Local Plan.

Show us your proposal

Wyre Council welcomes and encourages discussions with applicants or their agents before a planning application is submitted. Early discussions can help to achieve time savings, and a better standard of application, which improves the chance of a timely and successful outcome. The council does, however make a charge for advice that it provides to applicants and developers prior to submitting a planning application. The level of the fee depends on the scale and nature of the development proposed.

To seek pre-application written advice or to request a pre-application meeting please contact with your request. You should specify whether you are seeking a meeting or written advice only, and should include any information and plans upon which the advice is sought. 

Please note: 

  • The council can only provide advice on specific development proposals. If you want more general advice concerning the development potential of any land or buildings, but do not have a specific proposal in mind, you are advised to seek other independent professional planning advice
  • Lancashire County Highways are now offering a pre-application advice service

Further information

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