Well we would know, so here is what we think!
Many planning consultants have previously worked for local councils or private planning practices – YES, we have, we have worked for over ten years in a Local Authority planning team as a Planning Officer and understand how your local council planning department works!
What else can we offer?
- We like to get involved early in the process to view any plans and give our opinion on them to consider local council regulations and policies.
- This could save a lot of money from the outset to prevent costs to redraw plans and other tweaks, or progressing a scheme which the Council wouldn’t accept in principle.We can assess your current situation and ensure your necessary documentation is ready to go!
- We can liaise directly with the planning department on the Client’s behalf and handle any Council requests and objections. Having one central point of contact can allow appropriate responses to be supplied to the Council and the Client being advised on what changes may need to be made to appease the Planning Committee.
Councils always request more information than you think, and a planning consultant can always be on hand to provide additional information in response to any additional questions.
By knowing the planning legislation and the rights of objectors and yourself as the applicant for the scheme, a planning consultant will handle your case on your behalf.
- Handling your case at Appeal
If your development hits a snag and ends up at Appeal your planning consultant will become your point of contact and handle the whole process for you.