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Extended Pre-application Advice

Pre-application advice reduces the risk of an application for consent being refused by the decision-making body, with all of the wasted expense that would entail.

Extended Pre-application Advice covers our engagement in ongoing pre-application advice beyond the initial free service. Customers benefit from ongoing verbal and written advice, such as regular involvement in design team meetings and comments on emerging schemes, from a named lead specialist from Historic England.

A full description of our Extended Pre-application Advice service can be seen in the EAS Service Descriptions document below.

Our free service

Historic England offers free Initial Pre-application advice to prospective applicants for planning permission affecting designated heritage assets, listed building consent, faculty consent and scheduled monument consent.

It is available for proposals where we would be statutory consultees should an application be made (including NSIPs and EIAs).

This free service is changing. 

From 1 July 2017 the free service will change from 15 hours of free advice to a free cycle of advice. A free cycle of advice will include the review of information provided and an advice letter. It can also include a site visit or meeting, and review of further information, where this is necessary for us to offer our Initial advice.


Both Initial and Extended Pre-application advice will also be available for prospective applicants for Marine Planning consent as well as planning permission affecting undesignated heritage assets of archaeological interest in Greater London outside the City of London & Southwark (where we do not provide such advice).   

How to apply for Extended Pre-Application Advice

Extended Pre-application Advice is available by contacting your local Historic England office.

Contact us

If you would like to discuss this new service further then please contact your local Historic England office.

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