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October 24, 2017

This October we look at how proper preparation for your planning applications can help keep nasty surprises at bay.

Here are our top 5 tips for a successful submission.

Check local authority requirements

Local authorities will have different requirements when it comes to submitting planning applications. It is imperative to check what supporting documents are needed before submission to avoid lengthy delays. Whilst you are doing this it may also be advisable to check through previous planning applications to see how the local policies are applied – look out for a building control section or search by services offered.

Get surveys done as soon as possible

Some surveys can only be done at certain times of the year. For example, traffic counts for Transport Assessments – which can only be assessed during the school holidays due to lighter traffic. Check whether there are any restrictions that would delay the submission of these surveys and halt the entire planning application process.

Check when committee planning meetings are taking place

Go along to your local committee meetings and take the opportunity to talk to people, introduce introducing yourself and explain your intentions, this could save time later down the line by addressing any concerns people may have head-on. Many local elections are held during May, which could impact upon the determination of many planning applications in the run-up – timing is everything.

Use the jargon

Phrasing can play an important part in helping to speed up an application in progress. If the planning officer can process an application that contains a helpful amount of jargon then you will be all the better for it. The above is especially true when referencing to specific measurements – instead of saying a ‘medium extension’, it is best to state that you will be proposing a 3-metre extension to the property.

Hire a planning consultant

One option that will guarantee these potential speedbumps are actioned to the letter is hiring a planning consultant. The consultant will manage and monitor the progress of your application, ensuring all deadlines are met, paperwork is correct, and there is continuous liaison with the council to address any concerns that may arise.

With our wide range of expertise, we work to deliver the best possible solutions for our clients –

if you need advice on your planning application then speak to a member of our team today.