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Planning Applications and Appeals

Planning permission, listed building/conservation area consents may be required for your proposed development and no works should be commenced until approval has been given by the Local planning Authority (LPA).

We can prepare all drawings and documents necessary for planning applications for various types of projects, ranging from a dropped kerb or footway crossing to substantial extensions and even new residential developments. We can also help you with change of use planning applications, changing commercial office space to residential usage or vice versa. We can advise you on permitted development under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (No.2) (England) Order 2008 and whether your proposal will require formal planning permission or not.

Planning Applications – Full Detailed Planning Permission

Full detailed planning applications, as the name implies, requires detailed information to be submitted with the application. Plans of buildings, elevations and sections will need to be submitted with the application. Other information will include details of the materials to be used in the construction, design and access statements, flood risk assessments and environmental impact statements.

Planning Applications – Listed Building Consent

Any alterations to a listed building will require a listed building consent application, prior to any alterations taking place.  It is a criminal offence to carry out alterations to listed building without a listing building consent. The application is fairly onerous and will require detailed information and method statement for relatively minor alterations. The application will be reviewed and dealt with by the local authority’s conservation officer.

Planning Applications – Conservation Area Consent

Properties or proposed new developments located within a conservation area will require conservation area consent. Conservation consent deals primarily with the appearance of the property or alteration and the conservation officer will assess the proposals in regard to the general appearance of the conservation area. If the proposals are too radical and they do not fit within the existing street scene then the consent may be not granted.

We will help you and give you the best advice that we can, tailored to your situation and proposed development, and we will work hard for you in liaising with the LPA but we cannot guarantee the outcome of any planning application. That decision is purely in the hands of the LPA.

Planning Appeals

If your application is refused for any reason, then we will advise you on the merits and processes of appealing against the decision.  If we are unable to help you for any reason, then we shall refer you to other leading experts in the field.

If you need help with any of the above then please do not hesitate to contact us