If you need any advice on your existing application for planning permission, obtaining a planning permission or what your next steps would be in the proposed development of your property, the experienced team at Contour Architectural Designs can offer advice on every aspect of the planning process. With a proven track record, the design team can guide you your dealings with the Local Planning Authorities, can make these types of application on your behalf, including collecting any information required from third parties ready to submit along with the application. 

For some smaller extensions, the regulations provide for such works to proceed without the need to obtain planning permission, Contour Architectural Designs can offer advice on these permitted development rights and what you are allowed to do outside of needing planning consent.  However should your project fall outside of the permitted development rules, as part of the planning process, Contour Architectural Designs will assist you with:

  • advising you with the type of application you will need to submit including householder / full planning / listed building / lawful development / reserved matters / non-material amendment / discharge of conditions / retrospective etc.
  • liaison with the planning department on your behalf - in the form of a 'pre-application' meeting to get a realistic feel for what you may be able to achieve with your ideas
  • making your planning application via Planning Portal, following it up and dealing with architectural conditions arising
  • putting you in touch with professional Planning Consultants if your project requires it
  • liaison with local historians to obtain historical reports, should it be required, for listed buildings / conservation areas / areas of archaeological interest etc.
  • liaison with other consultants including landscaping / arboriculture / ecological / ground investigation / flood analysis / highways agency
  • assisting you with obtaining topographical site information from third party professional survey companies as required
  • providing architectural documentation, including for example a design and access statement 
  • helping you complete any further documentation (for example the CIL questionnaire form (Community Infrastructure Levy)) as applicable to your project

If you have already built an extension or made alterations to your property or listed building without planning consent, it is highly likely you will be approached by the Planning Enforcement team. If they confirm that you should have obtained the relevant planning approval, they can enforce the that the building is demolished or returned back to how it was before the changes were made. This can be very difficult in the case of a listed building, as it is an offence to carry out works to a listed building without planning consent. In some of the less controversial cases, the planning authorities may give you an opportunity to make a retrospective planning application for approval of the completed works. Contour Architectural Designs can help to ensure that your retrospective planning application is made within the time constraints to assist with obtaining the most positive outcome possible following enforcement action.

If you are interesting in seeing what other services the team at Contour Architectural Designs can offer to your project, head on over to our main Services page to see how we can help bring your project to life.

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