What are planning assessments?

Planning assessments are our cost-effective version of the pre-application advice service offered by local councils (although we like to think our service offers more bang for your buck).

Broadly speaking, planning assessments will evaluate the likelihood of planning permission being secured for a site and/or development before time and money is spent on a formal planning application. 

There are two main types of planning assessment:

You are in possession of a piece of land or a building that you wish to develop and you are open to redevelopment options. In these cases, our planning assessment would aim to answer the following key questions:

(a) What are the different redevelopment options (e.g. housing, holiday lets, commercial development, conversion or new build)?

(b) What is the likelihood of securing planning permission for each of the options? This will include consideration of relevant planning policies and assessment of the site’s key constraints (such as mature trees) and opportunities (such as existing, poor quality buildings).

(c) What option(s) would generate the most profit?

(d) What planning application(s) would you need to submit, what documents would be required and what would the cost be?

You have a site in mind for a specific development but you would like to know the likelihood of your development being approved before you agree to lease or buy the property and/or submit a planning application. In these cases, our planning assessment would aim to answer the following key questions:

(a) What is the likelihood of securing planning permission for the development? This will include consideration of relevant planning policies and assessment of the site’s key constraints (such as mature trees) and opportunities (such as existing, poor quality buildings);

(b) What planning application(s) would you need to submit, what documents would be required and what would the cost be?

(c) If the site is unlikely to be suitable for the proposed development, are there any alternative sites or areas that would provide a better location? 

(d) If the site is unlikely to be suitable for the proposed development, are there any alternative uses for the site (especially if similar) that would stand a better chance of approval?

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