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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 advise our clients to maintain this character, not to stand out. Every case is different and there are exceptions in some locations.
4D Planning has years of experience producing feasibility appraisals and reports to assist homeowners and property developers in deciding what potential a property has. What type of extensions can be approved by the council and how to maximize the habitable space of a property and its value in the quickest and most cost-effective way.
Following the site and locality assessment, a site survey is carried out to gather all the dimensions and required information of the existing site. Once the feasibility of the proposal is established, the next phase is to obtain the architectural drawings and to design the scheme. 4D Planning has in-house architectural designers, technicians and surveyors who will assist the client in implementing any ideas into reality.
We stand out from other architects as we give an emphasis on Planning. We design each scheme to meet all planning policy and guidance. We advise our clients on planning 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 opinion in writing that the scheme/proposal is not feasible.
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.
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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