Pre – Application Enquiry, Planning Applications & Appeals

Pre – Application Advice

Before submitting an application there is a possibility to obtain a second opinion by consulting with planners from the Council. Their service is called “Pre-Application Advice”. This service is offered for a fee and is not legally binding, therefore anything the Council advises at pre-application stage may not be taken into account at Planning Assessment stage.

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Planning Application

We undertake a property site assessment by looking into the history and context of the site and its surroundings. We research the local planning authority to establish what property uses have been proposed, accepted and refused in the past. We also examine the listed buildings register to ascertain whether buildings listed for their heritage value are affected by the planning proposal. We also research whether there are any site constraints such as an Article 4 designation etc. Following the site and locality assessment, a site survey is carried out to gather all the dimensions and required information of the existing site.

We will produce a Planning Statement or Design and Access Statement with a pro-fessional and clear description of the proposed development, how it relates and ad-heres to relevant planning policies and put forward a strong and convincing argu-ment to the local Council why the development should be approved.

Once this is complete, the proposed architectural drawings are prepared and are forwarded to the client for approval. All the planning documents are prepared taking into account the

adopted Local Development Plan (LDF), SPG’s and SPD’s, National Policies (NPPF), the London Plan and any Permitted Development rights. Once everything is finalised and approved by the client, the application will be submitted to the local council for planning approval. Please note – we cannot guarantee that planning permission will be granted but we can guarantee that we will give you the best chances possible to obtain planning permission.

Planning Appeal

The key to success for your planning appeal is to ensure that you meet the requirements for the local planners. If you find that you are not familiar with the terminology used by your local planners, or the requirements that they lay out for you, the entire application process can become cumbersome, as well as very daunting.

What we do is review your proposal, as well as the reasons for refusal, using our experience and expert knowledge in planning law we create a personalised written statement that is then submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. We will take care of all the meetings and discussions with both your local council and the planning inspector, as well as the whole appeal process up until the point of decision.

This helps to make it an experience that frees you from stress and further burden. By using the knowledge that our experts provide, you can save time, money, and also increase the chances of a successful appeal.

For the planning applications made by a householder that have been refused for an extension to your house, conservatory, or outbuilding, you have 12 weeks to appeal from the date of the decision. The same time period applies to the refusal of a householder prior approval, as well as minor commercial applications.

In the case of refused planning applications (excluding householder and minor commercial applications), you have six months. An example of this would be applying for a new dwelling or a change of use to a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO). For advertisement consent appli-cations you have 8 weeks from the date of the refusal to appeal, but for Certificate of lawful development (existing/proposed) applications, there is no time limit..