Expert Advice on Planning Permission
With a proven track record and a 100% success rate at planning, let us navigate the planning process for you.
As experts in the field, we know how to manage risk and identify opportunities that pave the way to a successful planning permission. Our approach is anchored around good communication. We invest in communicating design with detail and clarity, combined with early engagement and dialogue with the planners to ensure we get the best possible result.
- Preparing, submitting and managing planning applications
- Retrospective planning permission
- Certificates of lawfulness
- Research into planning policy
- Advice on additional consultants as and when required to support planning applications, such as Heritage, Daylight & Sunlight, arboricultural, planning consultants etc.
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What is planning permission?
In the UK, planning permission is the formal permission from a local authority for the alteration or erection of buildings. It can be granted, based on certain conditions being met, or refused.
It is your responsibility for establishing whether or not planning permission is required and submitting an application where relevant. Read our guide here to help you decide whether or not planning permission is required.
How much does it cost to get planning permission?
Do I need a planning consultant?
However, in certain circumstances we may recommend the appointment of a planning consultant and we can advise on a number of suitable partners with whom we regularly collaborate.
Is it possible to make changes after receiving planning permission?
- Non material Amendment (only applies to planning permission, not listed building consent)
- Amending the conditions attached to a permission including seeking minor material amendments
Can I apply for planning permission myself?
Make sure to:
- Carefully read your local authority’s validation requirements that will provide guidance on the minimum requirements for information and the presentation of that information.
- Review your local authority’s design guides for householder alterations and conservation area appraisals/ design guidelines if you are in a Conservation Area.
- It’s also worth reviewing recent planning approvals and refusals in your local area (via the online planning register) to build up a picture of precedent.
Can I start building without planning permission?
Whilst certain extensions and alterations will fall under permitted development rights, we would advise that a Certificate of Lawful Development or Use is sought before any works start on site so as to avoid any misunderstandings as to whether the proposal is in fact permitted.
Starting in a hurry without planning permission and/ or discharging planning conditions runs the risk of enforcement action.
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