With all building work, the owner of the property (or land) in question is ultimately responsible for complying with the relevant planning rules even if planning permission is not required.

Therefore, failure to comply with the relevant rules will result in the owner being liable for any remedial action (which could go as far as demolition and/or restoration).

We can advise you on your scheme and we would normally recommend that we have a pre-application meeting with the relevant Local Planning Authority and Building Control Service prior to starting work.

There are also other considerations ‘before you start work’ such as Health and Safety requirements and additional permissions that may need to be granted such as rights of way or listed buildings consent.

During the planning process consideration need to be given to scale, mass, and design to name but a few. There are many other areas that may need looking into before and during the planning application is submitted, a few examples are listed below:

  • Design and Access Statements
  • Traffic Surveys if the application greatly intensifies the site.
  • Ecology surveys which can include Bat and Barn owls.
  • Tree surveys and landscape management plans.
  • Sound surveys if you wish to develop near a loud sound source such as a motorway, railway or near an airport.
  • Flood risk assessments are becoming more common now and are required by the Environment Agency on certain sites
  • Photomontage and 3D Images may be required so that the planning department can assess a scheme more fully, often in relation to its surroundings.

Take a look at our previous work . . .