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Planning and Development

Planning is a tool to help you achieve your personal and business objectives. Our Planning and Development team have extensive knowledge of the UK planning system and possess the right skills to assist you in securing the best outcome for your development project. Our approach is always tailored to meet the needs of our clients and the professional requirements of the project. Our range of planning and development services include:

 

Clare Bartlett
Head of Planning
01798 877555
c.bartlett@batchellermonkhouse.com



Planning Applications

Planning Applications


We assist and advise on any aspect of the planning application process, from the initial design formulation stages and making a planing application through to negotiating with the Local Planning Authority, securing consent and post decision condition clearance. We provide a highly flexible planning service that can support your project at all stages, whether you are looking for full application management or one-off help at a specific point in the process.


Permitted Development Rights

Permitted Development Rights


The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 allows for some development to be carried out without the need for express planning consent. We can provide initial advice on whether this legislation would apply to your development project and assist in securing the necessary authorisation under the legislation. 


Planning Appeals

Appeals


Where planning permission is refused or enforcement action is taken there is the opportunity to make an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination of your development or planning case. We have extensive knowledge and experience of the Planning appeal process, and will advise you on the best means of pursuing your appeal, providing full representation if required.









Planning Enforcement

Enforcement


Where a breach of planning control has occurred, it is open to the Local Authority to pursue action to remedy the situation. The Local Planning Authority has a variety of legal means of enforcing planning control which will all require a different response. We can provide advice on how to manage and negotiate such situations and our expert knowledge of planning law and enforcement procedures can assist in protecting your position.


Lawful Development Certificates

Lawful Development Certificates

In some cases, a change of use or other development can become lawful through passage of time even if it does not have formal planning consent. Similarly, there are some instances where express planning permission may not be required for a development. The Local Planning Authority's confirmation of the lawfulness of a use or development whether existing or proposed can be obtained via a Lawful Development Certificate. We can provide advice on the requirements for making such a claim and assistance in securing a certificate.


Development Appraisal

Development Appraisal


Careful analysis of planning policy and the particular characteristics of land and property are vital in determining what development opportunities may be available. One of the key services we provide to our clients is a development appraisal- a thorough and holistic assessment of development potential, planning and development risks as well as planning strategy.




Development and Land Promotion

Development and Land Promotion


Securing planning consent for large scale projects can be expensive and risky. Introducing a development partner to fund the project can be a solution. We advise clients throughout the whole process, and we are experienced in negotiating the terms of Joint Ventures, Option Agreements and Promotion Agreements; thus, ensuring landowners are adequately protected and remunerated.


Local and Neighbourhood Plan Representation

Local and Neighbourhood Plan Representation


Engaging with your Local planning Authority, Parish Council or Neighbourhood Forum in the preparation of their local or neighbourhood plan can give you the opportunity to shape planning policy. We can advise you on the promotion of your land as a development allocation within these plans.


Agricultural Occupancy Conditions

Agricultural Occupancy Conditions


Sometimes an agricultural workers dwelling will only be approved subject to a restricted occupancy condition. Over time the necessity for a worker to live on site permanently may not be required which can leave the dwelling with the restriction. In some circumstances it may be possible to remove this restriction and thus invariably raise the market value of the property. We have the expertise within Batcheller Monkhouse to assist you in making an application and presenting the relevant supporting information to potentially remove this type of planning condition.




Heritage and Conservation Development

Heritage and Conservation Development


The heritage and conservation planning sector is complicated to deal with and can require specialist heritage input alongside a thorough knowledge of the legislation and planning framework surrounding heritage development. We are well versed in this area and can assist on process and procedures, working effectively alongside other heritage professionals to secure the necessary consents.


Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)


Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)


EIA is a key aspect of most large scale development projects and remains an integral part of our planning system. Our EIA service is led by an accredited member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and provides sensible and informed advice borne out of extensive experience of the screening, scoping and assessment phases of EIA.





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