Planning Advice

We can advise on the best route to achieve planning permission, including liaising with planning officers, managing planning applications, including the production of Design and Access Statements and Planning Statements and ensuring that current local and national planning policies are adhered to.

The UK planning system is one of the most complex in the world and is constantly changing with new regulations and policies implemented every few months. To ensure the best chance of achieving planning consent, it is vital that you have a good knowledge of how the planning process works and have experience of working with Borough Council planning departments.

Do I need planning permission?

The first question that many of our domestic clients ask is “do I need planning permission?”. If you live in a house rather than a flat, it is very likely that you have permitted development rights. These allow you to make certain alterations and extensions to your property without requiring full planning consent. This can make the process of extending your home much simpler without the risk of having your planning application refused. Rather than planning permission, you can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate which proves that you have permitted development rights to extend your property. We can give you detailed advice about what is and isn’t acceptable under permitted development for your home and whether you will need planning consent or not.

For professional property developers, Ideal Planning & Design can act as planning consultants and advise on the feasibility of obtaining planning permission on your site. We can provide a written report assessing everything from the physical site constraints and surrounding built environment, to relevant planning policies and potential design issues.

Planning advice with a wealth of experience

Ideal Planning & Design has obtained planning consent for hundreds of clients throughout London and the South East and has worked with every Greater London Borough planning department. We can act as planning consultants for your project to offer initial planning advice, produce Planning Statements and Design & Access Statements and negotiate with local planning officers to give you the best chance of building planning permission.

We are happy to work as planning consultants with third party architects and designers if you already have a firm appointed, or we can manage the whole planning application process, including production of the architectural drawings that will be required.

Whether you are a homeowner wondering “do I need planning permission” or a professional property developer requiring planning consent, please call us for a fee no obligation quote and advice.