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Planning & Design

Here at Z group, we are able to provide the full design and assembly of a planning application including as necessary the co-ordination of specialists and public consultation.

Pre-Application Process

Did you know that pre-applications form a crucial part of any project? These allow for an early dialogue with the Local Planning Authority before committing to a formal planning application. These aim to provide an insight into the Council’s views on the site-specific planning matters early on and allows for a better understanding of local political agendas. As with any project, architectural layout and site planning plays a crucial role.

In most cases, there will be a meeting onsite or at the Council with the Planning Officer where the issues and proposal can be discussed in more detail and expanded on. Assuming the results from the meeting are positive, the Pre App provides the guidance and confidence that is needed to prepare a Full Planning Application.

Our experienced team are highly skilled in assembling a package which aims to tease out as much relevant information from the Council to make sure an informed architect planning application can be submitted. This often includes an outline of your objectives, a survey and illustrations to outline your plans for the site and any research and analysis which has been carried out. All of this information helps to build the narrative of your development for discussion with the dedicated Planning Officer. Having an architect involved with the planning of the project can help to keep the process as smooth as possible.

Planning Applications

It is important to note that planning is not guaranteed and continues to become more complicated every year. However, based upon a current success rate of over 90%, we are confident in our approach and skillset to deliver.

We pride ourselves on the high level of creativity within our team, who work with a clear and comprehensive understanding of the processes. Complexities in some sites and projects must be addressed during the planning process and we often require skilled expertise to assemble and complete the planning applications with specialist reports.

Our rigorous procedures, high quality of design and many years of experience in producing such applications allows us to provide the best chance of success.

When planning permission has been granted, some developments often require legal agreements to be made. The agreements secure particular types of planning obligations such as the provision of social housing or car-free developments. In some cases, our legal team can assist you with Section 106 Agreements.

Our team of solicitors can help with all residential and commercial property matters whether it be the purchase, sale, re-financing or granting an option over the property.

Planning Appeals

In the event your planning application has been rejected by the council, you have a number of options to explore, including appealing the decision to the Planning Inspectorate. Our experienced team will be able to advise you on whether it is worthwhile appealing and also on the type of appeal to pursue.

In collaboration with our legal team, we can assemble the necessary statement of case and documentation needed for the appeal as well as submit and monitor the appeal for you.

Landlords Consent

If your project is located within a leasehold property, then you will have to seek your landlord’s consent. This also applies to some cases in London where an estate controls development. Our expert team are able to advise you on whether this applies to you and also to assemble the necessary documentation and designs to gain approvals such as license to alter.

We are members of the association of leasehold enfranchisement practitioners (ALEP).

Should you require a valuation for leasehold extension or enfranchisement purposes, our surveyors team will be able to help.