14 step process

Planning Applications

Permitted Development is a project of work which does not require Planning Permission to be undertaken, this can also be applied under the ‘Prior Approval’ system. Planning permission is required for works which do not constitute Permitted Development.

15 week Timeframe

Week 0.

A typical headline workflow to decision from the local authority on a planning application is shown below:

1. Initial meeting with client on-site & brief taken.

We do not charge for this meeting and use it as an opportunity to answer client’s queries and advise on the process. We also discuss timeframes at this meeting.

2. Quote prepared for production of scheme and sent to client.

The quote is prepared following the meeting and can take one of two forms, a fixed fee quote or an hourly quote with timesheet.

3. Client instruction to proceed received.

On receipt of client instruction to proceed we will advise next steps and arrange a convenient time for the client where a measured survey is required.

Week 1.

4. Measured survey undertaken if required.

4.i. Topographical survey arranged on behalf of client if required.

A topographic survey is usually required for larger sites or where extensive groundworks are necessary.

Week 2.

5. Existing drawings prepared.

4.ii. Topographical survey received.

6. First draft proposal drawings prepared & sent to client for review.

When these are sent the comments may be simple such that only an email exchange is necessary, or the client may request a site meeting or video conference.

Week 5.

7. Client's comments received, amendments made and drawings sent back to client for review.

On completion of the plans other consultant inputs may be required at this stage. We will also advise of any planning constraints or issues.

8. Once client is satisfied with the scheme the planning application documentation is prepared and submitted to local authority.

Documentation accompanying the planning application usually consist of site plans and a location plan; some applications will require a Design and Access Statement, Heritage Impact Statements and other documents specific to the local planning authority.

Week 6.

9. Application is registered and validated by the local planning authority issuing notice to confirm this to applicant via agent.

This process by the local authority can take up to two weeks, with notification being sent to the agent (R.A. Grundy Architectural Services Limited) upon completion of this; we will forward this to the client.

Week 7.

10. Consultation period ends on planning application including collection of objections to scheme by neighbours and other consultees.

This local authority undertakes a statutory 21 day consultation period involving notification of neighbours to the site, advertisement of the application in the press and consultation of highways, CAA and other scheme relevant consultees.

Week 10.

11. Discussions take place between agent and planning officer if required and any further information required requested by local planning authority.

At this stage the planning officer may request changes to the scheme. R.A. Grundy Architectural Services does not undertake any requested changes without consulting the client first.

We also advise if there are any other issues with the application following conversation with planning officer.

12. Planning decision received.

13. Approved

13.i. Refused

Amendment to scheme or submission of planning appeal.

Week 15.

14. Drawings prepared for building regulations submission.

Timeframes are typical and may be adjusted to meet client requirements, reflect work complexity, allow for other professional’s inputs, etc.