HOW TO DO: Permissions in Principle

October 27, 2021By Lyn JonesAdventures in Planning, Applications, Blog, How To

With the urgent pressure for housing delivery, yet increasingly onerous planning application requirements and convoluted prior approval processes, we’re often now approached by clients wanting to find a swifter means of securing permission for residential development. Whether its simply to establish Class C3 principles on a small urban site or just to obtain certainty for … Read More

HOW TO DO: Blinded by the light

June 30, 2021By Julie LamingAdventures in Planning, How To

An issue that crops up on a regular basis for new development irrespective of size and scale and now with the added test for the Prior Approval conversion of existing office buildings, is ‘light’ – how much is there?; is there too much, enough or too little?; does the development block anyone else’s light?; does … Read More

Context – What is it good for?

October 23, 2019By Julie LamingAdventures in Planning, Design, Heritage, How To

‘Context’ is a design-related concept that we usually associate with heritage development. But it shouldn’t just be limited to schemes for listed buildings, non-designated heritage assets and development in Conservation Areas.  ‘Context’ is just as important, relevant and integral to creating great design anywhere. A good understanding of ‘Context’ enables the creation of an honest … Read More

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (to your Planning Permission)

February 27, 2019By Julie LamingAdventures in Planning, How To

Hooray you’ve secured your planning permission; it’s in the bag, and the celebrations done and dusted. You’re building out the approved scheme but now, in the immortal words of the late, great David Bowie, you want to make some “Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes”. Whether big, small, complex or straightforward, you’ll need to formalise these because your development can … Read More

Effective Engagement – Keep Talking, Keep Listening, Keep Evolving

October 31, 2018By Lyn JonesAdventures in Planning, How To, Policy

It’s become increasingly clear in recent years that local communities are becoming more engaged in the planning process, particularly where they feel passionate about individual sites or the impact of development in their areas. This doesn’t just mean old-school NIMBYism, but more a growing desire to have some influence or control over how ‘their’ areas … Read More