This is usually the first stage for most projects, and can be bewildering for people with little knowledge of the system. Planning laws and guidelines are constantly being implemented which can affect Permitted Development rights, especially with regards to extending properties. I will meet you on site so that we can discuss your requirements and find out exactly what you are looking to achieve. I will then provide a written fee estimate, which will clarify the design brief and outline the required scope of works and timings.
I will then return at a convenient date to carry out a measured survey of the property. I would then send a first draft of plans to you either by e-mail or hard copy for your approval or subsequent amending, as required.
Once complete the plans will be attached to the Planning Application forms, which I complete on your behalf. I will also produce any additional documents required by the Local Authority depending on the type of application. Typically this can include Design & Access Statements, Heritage Statements, Applications for Listed Buildings and certain works within Conservation Areas, and Flood Risk Assessments for affected areas. The application is then sent to the Local Authority online via the Planning Portal. Upon receipt of fees and registration of the required documentation, the application will then be given a reference number and a date for determination (usually eight weeks from registration) and you can monitor your application on the Council's website.