Six scenarios where a Planning Consultant can help you in 2024

Trying to get planning permission for a project, whether it is residential or commercial, can be stressful. There are lots of moving parts and a variety of things that need to be considered before planning permission can be granted.

But, despite the complexities of the process itself, many people don’t fully understand when to get a Planning Consultant involved.

How do I know when I need a planning consultant?

We get asked this question a lot, and to be honest, there are a lot of different scenarios where a team like us would get involved with a project.

So today, we’d like to break some of those scenarios down for you.

Here are 6 different situations that would warrant the support of planning consultants like us…

1. You’ve been refused planning permission for a project (commercial or residential)

This is where we would come in to assess if you have grounds for an appeal, and if so, we can help you put the appeal together. Having a planning consultant involved at this stage will give you much higher chances of a successful appeal. You’ve got somebody in your corner who can cut to the chase and focus on the facts that will present your case in the strongest light.

2. You need somebody to review the development potential of a site

When you’ve got a project in mind, it’s important to get a planning consultant involved early to advise on the planning potential of your project. Having somebody who can analyse whether there are any specific constraints and opportunities is crucial at this stage. It will save you time, and potentially money.

A consultant will be able to recommend a course of action to steer your development through to decision. They will also be able to provide strategy options that could optimise the use of your site.

3. You need somebody to fact check or sense check a development proposal

As we’ve said, the world of planning is a complex one. There are so many moving parts and lots of policies to keep on top of. It can be difficult to keep up if you aren’t familiar with everything that needs to be considered.

Having a planning consultant to review your development proposal can be invaluable. With extensive knowledge of the do’s and don’ts, they will be able to confidently assess the viability of your project.

If there are challenges that will stand in your way, you want to know them at this stage and a planning consultant will be able to highlight them for you.

4. You need support with the production of Planning Justification or a Planning Statement

Having a planning consultant to help with your planning applications and statements can save you so much time! Planning Consultants are there to make your application efficient and cost-effective. We draw together all the key elements for your planning application to achieve the result you want.

With a strong understanding of local and national policies, legal frameworks and the planning system, having a consultant to help with this stage of your project significantly reduces the chances of error in your application.

5. You need help when presenting and attending consultations, appeals, public enquiries, and planning committee meetings

This is where a planning consultant could basically act on your behalf. Having your consultant with you during occasions such as planning committee meetings will drastically improve your ability to defend any challenges against your plans and it will allow you to present your project in the strongest possible light.

6. You have to negotiate and work with professionals such as developers, surveyors and architects.

If you have to negotiate with other parties as part of your project, a planning consultant is a brilliant aly to have in your corner. Again, with their knowledge of the planning infrastructure, they will know how to negotiate confidently whilst keeping your best interests at heart.

So, there you have it. 6 scenarios where having a planning consultant can really help.

In a nutshell, having a consultant involved in your project, is a great way to reduce the risk of errors and it can drastically speed up the timeline for achieving planning permission.

If any of the above scenarios sound familiar and you think you need support with your project, we’d be happy to help

How to get in touch…

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