Gaining planning permission is a key step in almost any development.
A Flexible Approach
Planning & Design Practice is a multi-disciplinary team of Town Planners, Architects, Architectural Assistants and Design Professionals. We can take a project through from inception to completion but we also offer the flexibility to engage a client’s own architects and provide a planning service, whilst our design team can also work with clients who have engaged other town planning professionals.
Our values are rooted in friendly service, integrity, teamwork and meeting client’s expectations. We provide honest and sound advice, mediate when required and maintain high professional standards. We aim to build strong and lasting relationships with our clients and we are always pleased to work with architects and other professional companies.
The Planning System
The planning system regulates where development can take place and determines what can be built.
The purpose of town and county planning is to enable sustainable development and through local plans to construct buildings and infrastructure in sustainable locations, using land efficiently to create vibrant, healthy communities, foster economic growth while protecting and enhancing the environment.
The planning system in effect rations development and this can increase land values when permission is granted. Not all forms of development create value, but many do and this includes housing and the use of land for industrial and commercial purposes.
Some forms of development are ‘permitted’ which means that the principle of development is acceptable but in most cases, Councils must be satisfied and development proposals agreed before any building work can start.
For smaller site development, (up to 9 dwellings or 1,000 sq.m) a planning application takes 8 weeks, for larger scale development the process takes 13 weeks.
Whilst most planning applications are decided by planning offices through ‘delegation’, any controversial proposals are usually referred to a Council’s Planning Committee for a decision.
Right to Appeal
If a planning application is refused, the applicant has the right to appeal to the Government through the Secretary of State and the Planning Inspectorate.
The planning system is complex and different councils have different planning policies which means that development in some council areas is allowed when in other areas it may be refused.
How we can help
We have extensive knowledge about the policies and procedures of individual councils and the approach taken by planning officers and Councillors.
We can tailor our services to the site location and the individual needs of our clients.
Our aim is to achieve permissions that meets the client brief with a permission that will deliver development.
At the start of any case we will provide an honest assessment of the likelihood of getting planning permission and we will only pursue applications where there is a reasonable chance of success either through the council or via an appeal.
Types of Appeal
There are three forms of planning appeal, written representation, informal hearings and public inquiries. We have the knowledge, skilled professionals and experience to appeal at any level.
Sometimes the council will take enforcement action against a landowner, business or resident to prevent unauthorised development. We can step in and advise on the best approach to tackle the enforcement issue; this can involve a revised planning application, negotiations with the Council or an appeal.
Many councils provide a paid for pre-application advice service and this can be useful for applicants to address issues in confidence with council officers before a public planning application is submitted.
On larger schemes we sometimes recommend public consultation which can involve a meeting with the Parish council, a meeting with local residents or a public exhibition.
Services we Provide
- Planning Applications
- Zone of Theoretical Visibility Maps (ZTV)
- S106 negotiations
- Public Inquiries and Hearings
- Strategic planning advice
- Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and
- Heritage advice
- Planning and development appraisals
- Urban Regeneration
- Office to residential development
- Expert witness
- Site appraisal
- Barn Conversions
- Evidence Base
- Farm Buildings
- Farm Diversification
- Agricultural Workers Dwellings
- Barn conversions
- Small holdings
- Farm shops
- Green Belt
- National Parks
Leisure and Tourism:
- Holiday Accommodation
- Equestrian Development
- Tourist Attractions
- Camping and Caravan Sites
- Sport and Recreation
- Museums and Cultural Centres
- Music Venues
- Country Parks
- Community Buildings
- Schools/Educational buildings
- Community Facilities
- Health Centres
- Care Homes
Energy and Waste:
- Wind Turbines
- Solar Panels
- Energy Recovery
- Waste Transfer Stations
- Composting Facilities
Commercial and Industrial:
- Industrial Estates
- Business Parks
- Car Parking
- Working from home
- Retail Warehousing
- Garden Plots
- New build homes
- Affordable housing
A selection of Planning Projects