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The first stage is for the client and the planning consultants to discuss the proposals, and potential development options. Our consultants examine the site either in person, or through desktop research using mapping technology and satellite imagery of the site.
We undertake a property site assessment by looking into the history and context of the site and its surroundings. We research the local planning authority to establish what property uses and extensions have been proposed, accepted and refused in the past. We also examine the listed buildings register to ascertain whether buildings listed for their heritage value are affected by the planning proposal. We look at the character of the road and the character of the adjoining properties to determine what the established character is, and we usually advise our clients to maintain this character and to avoid setting a precedent, but each case is different, and each project is assessed individually based on its unique site constraints and development potential.
4D Planning has years of experience producing feasibility appraisals and pre-application reports to assist and advise homeowners and property developers in deciding what potential a property has, and how best to obtain planning permission for developments in London and around the UK in the quickest and most cost-effective way.
We will advise on what type of extensions can be approved by the council and how best to maximise the habitable space of a property. We will ensure at the outset that all of the planning validation requirements are met for the planning application stage to prevent unexpected delays.
We can also help our clients understand which planning policies are relevant for the development scheme and how to address these in the application.
We can produce a Planning Statement or Design and Access Statement with a professional and clear description of the proposed development, how it relates and adheres to relevant planning policies and put forward a strong and convincing argument to the local Council why the development should be approved.
Applying for pre application advice from the Council or obtaining a feasibility report from 4D Planning for specific residential and commercial developments is a smart move, as it can save time and money, especially if the development is ambitious or if there are many planning considerations which need to be considered.
Once the feasibility of the proposal is established, the next phase is to obtain the architectural drawings and to design the scheme. A site measured survey is carried out at the property to gather all the dimensions and required information of the existing site. 4D Planning has in-house architectural designers, CAD technicians and surveyors who will assist the client in implementing any ideas into reality. The emphasis will be on ensuring that the design will be granted planning permission.
We stand out from other architect firms as we give an emphasis on Planning and on how to obtain planning permission for projects in London and Manchester. We design each scheme to meet all relevant planning policy and planning guidance. We advise our clients on planning permission loopholes and how to best achieve the results that are set out. When a scheme is not feasible we advise our clients and offer an honest professional opinion in writing that the scheme/proposal is not feasible and which alternative development scenarios may be considered (if applicable).
There is a possibility to obtain a second opinion by consulting with the planners from the Council. Their service is called "Pre-Application Advice". This service is offered for a fee and is not legally binding, therefore anything the Council advises at pre-application stage may not be taken into account at Planning Assessment stage. This is not always the best route to undertake.
4D Planning is aware of this uncertainty, and have a good understanding of the relevant issues, and are therefore able to offer an alternative to the Council's Pre-application Advice service, for a much more competitive fee and a much quicker turnaround for the advice.
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