Planning Permission

Planning permission

Once you’ve approved the sketch scheme, our experienced team will then develop the design further before making the necessary planning applications on your behalf.

Gaining planning permission can be a stressful experience, particularly if you are dealing with a listed or historic building as you may also need to get listed building consent, but our team of architects have good working relationships with the local authorities and a sound awareness of the different ways in which they operate.

As part of the process, we’ll not only develop more definitive drawings to include the high level of detail required by the planning committee, but as we are well versed in the language that planners use, we will also submit the application for you.

This usually includes putting together the Design and Access statement to explain how the application has evolved and to help the committee to better understand the impact of the proposal on the surrounding area.

What happens once the application has been made?

The first stage is for the local authority to validate the application. Validation is the authority’s way of acknowledging that they have everything they need to make a decision, and it generally takes between 10 days and two weeks.

Once it has been validated, you should expect to receive a decision in approximately 2 months.

What if my planning application is refused?

If your application is refused, we’ll examine the reasons why before putting together a strategy to reach your end goal. Depending on the circumstances, this may include looking at a number of re-design options and re-submitting or helping you through the appeal process to hopefully achieve your end goal.

To find out more about the planning application process, visit the Planning Portal website.

If planning application is granted

If you are granted permission, our team can prepare all relevant production information, which includes a set of high quality working drawings to provide your building contractors with the specification and construction details they need to complete the job.