Aspire planning have helped my business on two of our latest projects.
One a normal house renovation and the other a change of use for a business property. We found them really knowledgeable and helpful.
Ours was quite a tricky project so it needed someone who had the technical expertise and experience to deliver the results we wanted which we found .
Neil was very professional in his approach to my planning application to convert a barn into an annex attached to the main dwelling. He dealt with the application through East Devon Council with a positive result. He kept me informed throughout and answered any queries I had.
What does a planning consultant actually do?
The result of a planning decision may be so important that it is worth going to great lengths to put one’s arguments in the best possible light. One way of ensuring that your case is well argued is to employ a good planning consultant.
Isn't "consultant" just another way of saying "expensive"?
Well, they are skilled professionals and do not come cheap, and hence are rarely used on, say, domestic extensions. But for larger projects they may well make all the difference.
So what services will he/she provide?
Planning consultants are not there just to get you consent. A good planning consultant should be given a chance to have an input into any proposal where his or her skill can lead to a better and more appropriate development. This is not only better for you, but is more likely to obtain planning permission.
Ah, but why should I fork out for a consultant when I am also using an architect?
Some planning issues are fairly straightforward and can be properly argued by your architect, but some involve arguments as to the interpretation of planning policy and local development plans. Architects pick up some knowledge of the intricacies of the planning system, but are not trained, and often not very interested, in the arcane world of planning law and policy. If the argument is about issues of interpretation of planning law and precedent, you may feel that the dice is loaded against you because the professional planners working for the local authority understand the issues, whereas you and your architect may find them difficult. In this case there is every advantage in having a planning consultant on your side.