Lavingham Planning Consultants also offer a range of specialist services including Design and Access Statements, Heritage Statements, Site Finding, Third Party Objections, Plans and Drawings, Legal Agreements, Community Infrastructure Levy, and Flood Risk Sequential Testing.
- Design and Access Statements: A design and access (DAS) statement is a report that accompanies and supports some planning applications. They provide a framework to explain how a proposed development is a suitable response to the site and its setting, and demonstrate that it can be adequately accessed by prospective users. Lavingham Planning Consultants can compile the relevant information required for a DAS in the instances it is required, such as when a development is in a Conservation Area or World Heritage Site or relates to a Listed Building, or for full or outline major development.
- Heritage Statements: Works to Listed Buildings require formal consent if they include demolition or partially demolition or alterations or extensions to it in any manner which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. This may include the removal and replacement of doors and windows, alterations to the interior fabric of your house or an extension to your house. Applications for formal consent require specialist heritage and listed building statements which reflect on the structure as a heritage asset and how the works proposed would impact on its special architectural merit. Lavingham Planning Consultants can draw on their wealth of knowledge of the depth of content required for a statement depending on the type of development proposed to produce a comprehensive appraisal which demonstrates the impact on the heritage asset.
- Site Finding: Finding the right site can be a long and arduous process. Lavingham Planning Consultants can undertake this work for you to identify the potential planning opportunities and challenges. Specifically this service includes:
A site search process tailored to your criteria.
Individual site planning appraisals as part of the site search process to identify development potential.
Investigation of property on and off the market.
- Third Party Objections: An important part of the planning system is community engagement. If you are potentially affected by a future development it is important to make your observations or concerns or even support known to the Local Planning Authority. Lavingham Planning Consultants can draw on their extensive knowledge of the planning system and can undertake a policy appraisal of the development proposed to provide robust representations to the LPA on your behalf. Lavingham Planning Consultants not only provide a written representation service on your behalf but can liaise with the case officer, senior officers, Ward Councillor and your local Parish Council to ensure that your voice is heard. Lavingham Planning Consultants can provide representations to the LPA on your behalf regardless of where you live in the UK as often key planning issues can be assessed remotely as well as on site.
- Plans and Drawings: Lavingham Planning Consultants recognise that the type of detailed drawings and plans needed to accompany a formal planning application vary between development proposals. A key part of offering the Client a good value service is to identify the type of plan and drawing required, and the in house plan drawing or external architect or architectural technician best suited to the project. Lavingham Planning Consultants has established very good relationships with a range of types of architect, architectural technologist or plan drawer to assist your project regardless of its size.
- Legal Agreements: Some planning applications are approved subject to the completion of a legal agreement. Lavingham Planning Consultants can assist in the preparation of these by negotiating with the Local Planning Authority regarding the level of contributions and type of content of Section 106 agreements and Unilateral Undertakings. Lavingham Planning Consultants can also manage the submission process of Deeds of Variation or Deeds of Release to the Local Planning Authority.
- Community Infrastructure Levy: From 7 April 2015 Local Planning Authorities charge a levy against some types of development. Lavingham Planning Consultants can provide advice on whether your development is liable for the levy, and how it is calculated, when it is paid and how to claim exemption from it. Lavingham Planning Consultants are well equipped to prepare the necessary information to the LPA to accompany your application submission.
- Flood Risk Sequential Testing: Lavingham Planning Consultants has good experience in handling Flood Risk Sequential Tests for a range of types of development. If you are proposing residential or commercial development in Flood Zones 2 and 3 you may be required by the Local Planning Authority and the Environment Agency to demonstrate the risks posed by flooding. This is often assessed by the National Planning Policy Framework which can require compliance with a sequential and exception test. Essentially this is looking to establish whether or not other sites for the proposed development which are at a lower risk of flooding exist. If this is not properly demonstrated it can result in the refusal of a planning application. Lavingham Planning Consultants can use their experience to liaise with the LPA, Environment Agency and other Flood Risk specialists to ensure that the appropriate sequential and exception test is undertaken to accompany your application.