What are drawings?

We offer a comprehensive range of planning drawings to accompany planning applications, listed building consent applications and, occasionally, planning appeals. 

Some drawings are validation requirements, meaning you must submit them in order for your application to be considered. Other drawings are not essential but could significantly increase your chances of a successful outcome. We will always be upfront with you about which drawings are essential and which are optional so that you can make informed decisions about your drawing requirements. 

Please note that our drawings are for planning purposes only, they cannot be used for construction purposes.

We also offer building regulations drawings – see our section on building regulations for more information. 

What planning drawings do you offer? 

We offer a wide range of planning drawings to cover the requirements of most types of planning and listed building consent applications. 

Here is a non-exhaustive list:

  • Location plans
  • Site/block plans
  • Floor plans
  • Sections
  • Elevations
  • Roof plans.

All of our drawings are drafted to meet planning validation requirements, meaning they are drawn at the appropriate scales, include the relevant scale bars, show the direction of north etc. 

If you’re in need of a planning drawing that doesn’t appear on the above list, get in touch as we will still be able to assist you. 

If we cannot produce a drawing in house or a specialist architectural approach is required, we can commission drawings on your behalf. We work alongside a number of well-reputed architectural firms with various specialisms (including heritage work) – you can find out more about our external commissions here

What drawings do I need? 

All planning applications must be accompanied be a location plan. Additional drawing requirements vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of application, the type of development, the site and its location. 

Part of our role as planning consultants is to investigate your proposal and the relevant validation requirements in order to provide our detailed advice concerning what documents and drawings you require. 

How does the drawings process work?

If you have instructed Planning Direct to prepare planning drawings on your behalf, you can expect the process to go as follows:

  1. Initial design discussion with the architectural technician to discuss your design requirements and expectations. Your technician may suggest changes are made in order to satisfy planning policies and/or technical building requirements. Together, a way forward will be agreed;
  1. Preparation of a draft set of plans by the architectural technician. Once ready, your technician will send you the first drafts of your plans for your input and comments;
  1. Second design discussion with the architectural technician to discuss any concerns you have with the draft plans or any alterations you require. Your technician may explain why certain design choices have been made so that you can make an informed decision about how you wish to proceed; 
  1. Request for changes. If you decide that you would like some changes to be made to the plans following the second design discussion with your technician, this is the time to request them; and
  1. Preparation of a final set of plans by the architectural technician. Your technician will incorporate all of the changes you have requested following your second design discussion. Once ready, your final set of plans will be sent to you for your formal approval. 

In most cases, you will need to pay an additional fee if you decide you would like further changes once the final set of plans has been sent to you. 

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