Town Planning Services

Click on the town planning services below to find out more about what the team at Southern Planning Practice can offer to our clients.

Co-ordination

  • Appointment and instruction of other consultants and advisors in related technical and legal fields (e.g. solicitors, barristers, surveyors, architects, environmental, etc.)
  • Assembly and management of Development Team
  • Work as part of the Development Team on issues including:
    • Retail
    • Residential
    • Commercial
    • Waste Disposal
    • Green Energy

Design & Plan Drawings

  • Prepare plans and development proposals
  • Detailed design and layout
  • Photo montages and visualisations of development proposals
  • Commission site surveys and topographical surveys

Enforcement Action

  • Respond to investigations by the local planning authority
  • Establish if there has been a breach of planning control
  • Negotiate with the local authority on planning contravention and breach of condition notices
  • Determine if there is immunity from enforcement action
  • Submit lawful development certificates or planning applications as appropriate
  • Submit appeals against enforcement notices served by a local planning authority
  • Make representations in support or objection to an appeal

General Procedural Advice

General and site specific in built up and countryside areas:

  • Site appraisal / assessment
  • Planning audit
  • Appeals
  • Prior Notification
  • Green Energy
  • Planning policy
  • Planning history and Lawful Development Certificates
  • Development potential in rural and urban areas
  • Affordable housing
  • Planning enforcement
  • Planning obligations and developer contributions
  • Advise on developer and CIL contributions

Heritage

The Practice offers a range of heritage services including:

  • Heritage research and advice
  • Significance assessments
  • Conservation management plans & agreements
  • Heritage statements, applications and appeals

Householder Appeals Service

For a set fee we will undertake your planning appeal against a refusal or imposition of a condition in relation to a householder planning application.

This includes:

  • Meeting with the client to discuss the proposal and the reasons for refusal
  • Assessing the site and the proposal
  • Advising on the potential success of an appeal
  • Checking the council’s web site for other appeals or decisions that may be relevant
  • Preparing additional plans if necessary
  • Preparing grounds of appeal/appeal statement
  • Lodging the appeal

If you would like any further information about this service or to discuss a scheme please contact Ian Donohue on 01962 715770

Local Planning Authorities

Planning application service:

  • Acting as case officer for complicated or controversial planning applications
  • Acting on behalf of the LPA on complicated or controversial planning enforcement cases

Planning appeal service:

  • Planning & Enforcement Appeals
  • Acting as the LPA’s expert planning witness in planning appeals
  • Undertaking written representations appeals on behalf of the LPA

Planning Applications

  • Assessment of general permitted development opportunities
  • Preparation and submission of planning applications
  • Supporting statements / reports
  • Coordination with Development Team
  • Negotiation with the local authority
  • Planning obligations and developer contributions
  • Attend Planning Committee meetings
  • Submit representations in support or objection to applications
  • We deal with all types of applications, including listed building consent, conservation area consent, advertisement consent, certificates of lawful existing or proposed use
  • Advise on developer and CIL contributions

Planning Appeals

  • Written Representations, Hearings, Public Inquiries
  • Prepare and submit an appeal following refusal of planning permission or non-determination of an application
  • Prepare and submit an appeal following the service of an enforcement notice
  • Detailed appeal statements and proofs of evidence
  • Representations in support or objection to an appeal
  • Listed building consent, conservation area consent, advertisement consent, certificate of lawful existing or proposed use appeals

Planning Feasibility Studies

To guide future development of land and sites:

  • Assess and advise on potential development
  • Draft documents and negotiate with the LPA
  • Carry out Community Involvement
  • Advise on developer and CIL contributions
  • Work with Development Team on Environment Impact Assessments
  • Section 106 agreements
  • Self Build and Starter Homes

Planning Policy

  • Investigate and establish the planning policy position
  • Advise on options and potential for development
  • Submit representations on Development Plan Documents
    • Options & Issues
    • Core Strategies
    • Site Allocations
  • Make representations to Examinations in public on Local Development Frameworks