Putting together a planning application can be a time-consuming and complex process which can lead to costly delays if handled incorrectly. We prepare, submit and manage big and small applications.
If you've had your application refused we can take a look at it with fresh eyes and if we believe you have a fair chance of success, take you through the appeal process.
If you have planning permission it can often come with a complicated set of conditions to satisfy before you can get on with the development - we can get these discharged quickly allowing you to get on with your development.
We prepare planning policy and associated evidence based documents for local and neighbourhood planning bodies. This includes SA/SEA, Site Assessments, Green Space Review, Heritage Assets, and much more...
We find people are told they can't build or extend before their permitted development rights have been considered. We can advise on what you can do without the need for planning permission and if necessary use these rights as part of a wider strategy to get the development you really want.
We assist a range of groups in preparing neighbourhood plans for their areas, guiding them from the very start through the regulatory hoops to the plan coming in to use.
We assess the development potential of land and premises from a practical, commercial perspective. We can establish lawful use and permitted development rights, review opportunities and constraints for alternative uses and new development and recommended strategy with actions and timescales
Site Promotion / Representations
The Local Plan is the starting point in deciding a planning application. Representations to emerging draft policies in order to protect your position or seek a change may be a crucial part of your strategy to secure the development you desire. We can monitor Local Plan progress, review the evidence base, test draft policies against national guidance, make representations on provision of housing and employment land, promote specific sites for allocation and attend Local Plan examinations.
We manage, host and attend engagement programmes designed to reach a wide cross-section of a community. Including graphic design and website production, arranging and publicising consultation events, meetings with council officers, community groups, councillors and businesses. We provide feedback analysis alongside Statements of Community Involvement.
Progress through planning usually depends on contributions from other disciplines and ensuring everything aligns, we can co-ordinate the whole process on your behalf.