Achieving planning permission is rarely straight forward

The planning acts are enshrined in law, but unlike other areas of law, planning legislation is in a constant state of flux. Consecutive governments, commercial pressures, political lobbying and structural issues such as climate change all impact on the direction and complexity of the process.

Here are RA we have an inhouse planning team, chartered members of the RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute. We regard the integration of a planning consultant within the design team at an early stage is critical to the process.

Planning Consultancy

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Embedding a planning consultant within the design team ensures an ongoing audit of the design process against current national and regional planning guidance, together with the management of the delicate process of local democracy, neighbourhood plans and local interest groups.

Every planning application follows a democratic process of consultation and negotiation.

The planning consultant will work with our Architects to assemble the numerous reports and studies that must accompany a planning application, from simple topographic survey to biodiversity net gain statements, ecology reports and potentially landscape and visual impact statements ( LVIA).

Every planning strategy is conceived and executed with the clients interests in mind, risks are mitigated, technical solutions are found, local consultation process followed, however should there be a reason to appeal a decision, Ra is capable to returning a full audit trail justification statement to support the appeal process.

Working collaboratively with the internal team and external consultants, RA ensures that the strategy adopted is robust and comprehensive. This will often include the advice to incorporate 3d site models, visualisations and photomontages. It is through this media that stakeholders and other interested parties can fully explore and understand the scheme.

Take expert advice from day one.

Our planning Services include:

  • Planning feasibility studies
  • Planning policy background reports
  • Planning Strategies to inform land acquisition process
  • Planning statements
  • Public consultation process
  • Planning applications
  • Detailed
  • Outline
  • Prior Approval
  • Certificate of Lawful development
  • Section 73 applications
  • Discharge of planning conditions
  • Planning Appeals
  • Written representations
  • Local hearing
  • Public enquiry

Planning Consultancy Project

Twelve Twenty One Planning Services approached RA to promote the Woods Farm site in Shirley as a Strategic Urban Extension (SUE) for up to 750 units, through the Solihull Local Plan Review.

The landowner had become disillusioned after receiving numerous approaches from large PLC housebuilders and wanted to retain control of the process.

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I would definitely recommend them, especially if you want a design which is stylish and contemporary, but also in keeping with its setting.

Managing Director The Tree and Woodland Company

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