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In carrying out planning appraisals a report will consider:  The site and any constraints such as trees, access and surrounding development
Planning History - previous applications and appeals not only on the site but also in the locality Local Plan Policies and their relevance to development proposals...
 
Appraisals
In carrying out planning appraisals a report will consider:  
The site and any constraints such as trees, access and surrounding development
 
 
Planning History - previous applications and appeals not only on the site but also in the locality Local Plan Policies and their relevance to development proposals
 
The opportunity to make representations so as to alter planning policies. Advice as to development potential in the short and at longer term. Having carried out a thorough appraisal it may be appropriate to submit a planning application. It is important not only to prepare the application carefully but also to continue a dialogue with the statutory authorities during the process of determination. This may extend to addressing the Planning Committee. Negotiations are always conducted in close liaison with our Clients. When the decision notice is issued it needs careful explanation and analysis to ensure that all planning conditions are acceptable and achievable. In due course these may need to be agreed with the relevant authorities before development can begin.  
Planning appeals provide an opportunity to challenge the reasonableness of a Council's decision. Where planning permission has been refused, the Town and County Planning Act 1990 allows for an appeal to the Secretary of State for Transport, the Environment and the Regions. Provision is also made for appeal in certain other circumstances such as the imposition of unreasonable planning conditions, failure to determine applications in the statutory period, advertisements, Listed Buildings and Conservation Area Consent.
 
 
Appeals can be by: 
Written representation 
Informal hearings 
Public inquiry 
On occasion the opportunity will arise to seek an award of costs in cases where unreasonable behavior can be established. On a national basis only about one third of appeals succeed. At we are proud of our success rate which is currently over 75%. Because appeals represent an opportunity to challenge a refusal, it is most important to present the case professionally and thoroughly. 
 
Whether providing expert witness at Inquiry or detailed evidence on smaller development proposals, we offer thorough and carefully prepared advice. 
We also represent objectors at appeals. Often a 'consortium' of local residents can join together for professional advice to challenge a developer's case. We have represented residents and groups of neighbours in written appeals and at public inquiries. 
 
Plans
 
The preparation and review of Plans by a local authority represents an opportunity to promote land for development purposes. This process is complex and is likely to take several years. For the landowner or developer it is likely to involve: 
Making the Council aware that your land is available and suitable for development.
Putting forward a case for a change in policy, for example from countryside to part of the defined urban area.
Monitoring the Local Plan process and making further representations when necessary. If a stage is missed then the chance to promote your land may be lost for several years.
Appearing as an expert witness or making written representations to the Local Plan Inquiry in order to advance the case for (or against in some circumstances) policies where, for example, the Council has not agreed to allocate your land for development. 
On occasion development takes place which does not have the benefit of planning permission, or there is considered to be some other breach of planning control. 
At Salisbury Jones Planning we would undertake the following courses of action on your behalf:  
Establish whether of not the Council are correct in their assessment - for example, is planning permission required?
If planning permission is required, assess whether or not it is exempt from enforcement action. It may for example be lawful or permitted development. 
Submit appropriate applications where development may be lawful or where the Council has indicated that a compromise may be acceptable.
Where there is no equitable solution to the matter it may be necessary to appeal to the Secretary of State against an Enforcement Notice. The aim of an appeal is to establish whether planning permission should be granted or whether the demands to cease a particular activity or building operation are unreasonable and should be corrected. 
There are many aspects of planning law on which we can advise although our advice is not definitive. As Chartered Town Planners we have Direct Access to the Planning Bar and can, where necessary, instruct Barristers on behalf of Clients or to advise on the law. We in turn have a good reputation with the Bar and are often recommended to developers by leading Planning Chambers

 Services

Salisbury Jones Planning is an independent and commercially-minded town planning practice, providing a highly personalised service. We assist our clients navigate today’s complex and challenging planning environment to secure viable residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments of all scales, across the UK albeit, primarily within London, the South and Midlands Our skills are in leading and guiding the project team through the twists and turns of the planning process, facilitating the delivery of successful and sustainable developments. Each project is managed with integrity, commitment and every effort to achieve a successful outcome, through negotiation where possible. We can help manage and deliver successful planning projects for all forms of development and have experience of working with a wide range of clients from the public and private sectors including; · Developers · Landowners · Motor Dealerships · Small House Builders · Local Planning Authorities · NHS Hospitals · Residents Associations.

We offer a full planning consultancy service including:

  • planning briefs
  • advice on development plans
  • enforcement notices
  • feasibility studies
  • submission of planning and other applications
  • the conduct of appeals by written or hearing procedures and acting as expert witness

 

bullit2  Planning Appraisals and Pre-Application Consultation

This involves an initial asessment to establish the development potential of land or building in relation to alternative uses. Generally a report would be produced which would be based on researching the relevant planning policies and history of the site and advising on the likelihood of securing planning permission for a range of uses. It is necessary to engage with the Local Planning Authority as part of this initial process to establish their likely reaction to the principle of a particular proposal as well as their requirements regarding any planning application which may follow.

bullit2  Preparation and Submission of Planning Applications

It is essential that planning applications are well prepared and supported by all the necessary reasonable requirements to ensure speedy validation and registration. Over the past few years the supporting material for evn medium size schemes has increased and it is often necessary to supply a number of reports prepared by specialist consultants as well as the normal documents such as a Design and Access Statement and Transport Assessment. 

Local Planning Authorities publish their validation list of documents on their websites and these vary considerably. In certain cases Authorities even require that a Draft S106 Planning Obligation is submitted with the application;  if it is not the application will not be registered resulting in considerable delay.

It is therefore essential to plan ahead, in consultation with the Local Planning Authority , what should be included in the planning submission to avoid validation problems and ensure the application can be dealt with expeditiously. 

bullit2  Preparation and Submission of Appeals

Appeals can be by: 

Written Representations (WR) 

Informal Hearings (IH)

Public Inquiry (PI) 

On a national basis only about one third of appeals succeed. At Salisbury Jones Planning we have a good track record on Appeals as we will offer a realistic assessment of success prospects as well as advise on the optimum route for prosecuting an Appeal. 

Because appeals represent an opportunity to challenge a refusal, it is most important to present the case professionally and thoroughly. Whether providing expert evidence at a Public  Inquiry or evidence through the alternative routes , we ensure that a comprehensive case is put forward including, if necessary specialist evidence to counter the refusal reasons and objections raised by both the Decision Maker and any Third Parties . On occasion the opportunity will arise to seek an award of costs in cases where unreasonable behavior can be established.

We have also represented objectors at appeals. Often a 'consortium' of local residents can join together for professional advice to challenge a Developer's Case. We have represented residents and groups of neighbours in written appeals and at public inquiries.

bullit2  Development Plan Representations

The preparation and review of Plans by a Local Authority represents an opportunity to promote land for development purposes. This process is complex and is likely to take several years. For the landowner or developer it is likely to involve: 

Making the Council aware that your land is available and suitable for Development.

Putting forward a case for a change in policy, for example from countryside to part of the defined urban area.

Monitoring the Local Development Framework process and making further representations when necessary.

If a stage is missed then the chance to promote your land may be lost for several years.

Appearing as an expert witness or making written representations through the Local Development Framework process  in order to advance the case for (or against in some circumstances) policies where, for example, the Council has not agreed to allocate your land for development. 

bullit2  Project Management and Co-ordination of Complex Planning Applications and Masterplan Preparation
Proposals for most major developments may require assembly of a professional design team incorporating a variety of specialist skill sets such as transportation, landscape architecture, ecology, engineering etc. 
In order for the team to function effectively and efficiently it is essential for a project co-ordinator to lead and liaise with all team members. Planning Consultants are dependant on the type and scale of the development scheme well placed to undertake this role. 
 
bullit2  Advice and Representation on Enforcement Matters and Proceedings
On occasion development takes place which does not have the benefit of planning permission, or there is considered to be some other breach of planning control. At Salisbury Jones Planning we would undertake the following courses of action on your behalf:
Establish whether of not the Council are correct in their assessment - for example, is planning permission required?If planning permission is required, assess whether or not it is exempt from enforcement action. It may for example be lawful or permitted development. Submit appropriate applications where development may be lawful or where the Council has indicated that a compromise may be acceptable.Where there is no equitable solution to the matter it may be necessary to appeal to the Secretary of State against an Enforcement Notice.
bullit2  Direct Access to the Bar
There are many aspects of planning law on which we can advise although our advice is not definitive. As Chartered Town Planners we have Direct Access to the Planning Bar and can, where necessary, instruct Barristers on behalf of Clients or to advise on the law. We in turn have a good reputation with the Bar and are often recommended to developers by leading Planning Chambers

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