negotiating planning consent

Obtaining statutory approval is always a project risk – but we are adept at negotiating the planning system on contentious sites through to successful outcomes.

We have a wealth of experience of gaining permission for buildings in many historic centres namely – York, Oxford, Cambridge, Lincoln as well as across many London boroughs.

Our experience includes not only new build projects but also work to Grade I,II,II* listed buildings, Scheduled Ancient Monument’s and World Heritage Sites, such as our projects at Oxford Castle and Westminster Abbey. Projects in such sensitive locations rely on early involvement with a wide number of statutory consultees and interest groups in order to steer through a number of difficult issues such as servicing, access, heritage impact (on buildings and wider conservation areas), noise attenuation, transport, phasing and sustainability measures to name a few.

During the planning process we will work alongside the client, hold pre-application consultation with the authority and facilitate an open dialogue with the planners as the design progresses, so that we can ensure a streamlined consent process.

In addition to those required sessions we also follow our own rigorous review procedure which includes peer reviews, internal reviews, technical and regulatory reviews at the appropriate stages feeding in our past experience, as well as constantly applying and reviewing our standard quality control procedures.