Pre-application planning advice

We now require the submission of a pro forma and payment upfront prior to making a meeting request for all pre-applications in East Hampshire District and the South Downs National Park.

We offer unbiased advice on the many things you need to consider before you make a planning application. Pre-application advice can:

  • Give you an idea of whether your application is likely to succeed
  • Identify aspects of your plan that might need to be changed before you submit your application
  • Inform you of any consultation or publicity you may need to do before applying
  • Advise you on documents and information you will need to submit with your application.

We usually charge a fee for this service, depending on the size of the development you are planning.

Before you get in touch with us to ask for advice, check that we are the planning authority you need.

Check your local planning authority

There are two planning authorities for East Hampshire. We cover one third of the area, the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) which stretches from Eastbourne to Winchester covers the rest.

East Hampshire

South Downs National Park

You can check the South Downs National Park website to see if you live in the area.

Officers at EHDC will process your enquiry on behalf of the South Downs National Park, but it is important you know if your claim is inside or outside the park because their pre-application advices fees and local requirements policies are different.

Request a meeting

Appointments are available between 9:00am to 12.00am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and 09:00am to 11:00am Thursdays.

Please complete and submit the above form along with additional information prior to booking the meeting.

If you cancel a planning advice meeting less than 48 hours before the meeting, the fee will not be refunded.

Free planning advice

Planning Aid is a network of planning volunteers providing free and independent advice to community groups and individuals who can’t afford a consultant.

If you need any help or have any questions, please email: or call 0207 929 9494.