Site Appraisals, Pre-Application Advice and Planning Decision Reviews

Planning Applications, Architecture and everything you need to get planning permission from Lincolnshire's top rated consultants

Site Appraisal Services - could your land get planning permission?

If you are a landowner, or thinking or buying or selling a site or property and want to understand if further development is an option that could maximise its value, our planning appraisals will help you explore whether planning permission for some form of development is possible.

Our Appraisals are designed to cater for both members of the public with no previous exposure to Planning, as well as experienced developers.

Our Appraisals provide advice on a range of matters, from specific development proposals to assessing general development opportunities. 

Why get a planning appraisal and Why is it important to use a planning consultant?

Planning applications increasingly require a number of technical reports as well as detailed architectural plans. Generally, the larger the proposed development, the greater the cost of preparing the application – but even preparing the smallest of planning applications can be a costly process and so it pays to get it right first time.  Investing in the right advice and guidance is a wise decision and can save thousands of pounds in abortive costs - or even ensure you don’t end up buying land or property that cannot be developed at all. 

This is why speaking to a planning consultant in the earliest stages is advisable. But choose wisely - a planning consultant requires detailed knowledge of an ever-changing spectrum of planning policies. Most 'agents' that advertise planning application services are not qualified planners, and although they might offer what feels like a cheap quote and are capable of preparing basic plans, you are very unlikely to get the same level of knowledge or understanding of the planning system from them. That can ultimately lead to unforeseen costs and risks or, ultimately, your application being refused.  Our aim is to minimise your risks and ensure that you are absolutely clear about what lies ahead if you make a planning application. 

In the first instance, seeking clear advice from a planning consultant should always be considered when you want to understand the development potential of a possible building plot in the making. Paying a few hundred pounds for a site appraisal or feasibility study before committing to the purchase of a property is a wise investment.  Our Planning Appraisals are offered in two levels of detail:

Can I get planning permission? Find out with our planning appraisals.
Could you build on your land? Contact us to find out.
What can I build on my plot of land? Get planning advice from our experts.

The 'In-Principle' Appraisal - Most common & cost effective for smaller projects.

This the most common type of site appraisal that we offer for smaller building projects and is suitable for more general enquiries where a site owner or buyer wants a high-level opinion on the development potential of a site (note: this option may not be suitable for more complex sites or locations affected by certain constraints that require a more detailed analysis). 

We will undertake a search of the most common constraints that could affect the chance of you getting planning permission and provide you with a summary report that will give you a view over what the likely opportunities and risks are for your site. This will include an assessment of whether the principle and location of the proposed development has potential and is worth considering further, or if it would be possible to make some form of planning application.  

We will not go into a detailed consideration of the site design but we will check what constraints apply to your site and need to be taken into account (such as flood risk, heritage, protected trees etc) and what additional reports might be required.  Crucially, we will let you know if we find any clear showstoppers that will affect development potential.  This form of assessment is charged at a flat rate that allows for typically 3 to 4 hours of consultancy time (we will advise if we think more time is required) and uses various available sources of data and mapping.

Detailed Planning Appraisals - for complex sites and major development projects.

For more complex proposals and major projects we offer a 'Detailed Planning Appraisal' – this is suitable for any site affected by multiple planning constraints (flood risk, heritage, ecological etc) and those located in protected areas, such as Green Belt land or other protected landscapes.

Our detailed planning appraisal explores the planning potential of your land or property, including a full review of a site's planning history, and is by far the most popular type of appraisal we provide for house and commercial property builders.  It expands on the 'in principle' appraisal by providing a detailed assessment of the relevant planning constraints, and how to address them, plus a more thorough planning policy analysis. Presented in the form of a report, this type of appraisal is typically used by people who are considering purchasing land or property (including at auctions) or developers that have seen a development opportunity for sale and need a professional opinion on the suitability of an existing planning permission.

This appraisal is meticulously researched and takes time to prepare, including completing various searches. Each assignment is quoted on an individual basis, dependent on the level and complexity of the proposal and site location. Our positive customer feedback consistently shows us that our reports are incredibly worthwhile to our clients - and in the long term can save you significant sums by getting honest and accurate information at the outset.

If it looks like your site has potential, we will discuss how to move forward with either a planning application or a pre-application submission to the local authority.  Ask for a quote here.

Looking for a building plot? Let us assess the sites you are looking at to help you buy wisely.
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Pre-Application Advice - preparing information to test planning potential...

If it looks like your site has potential we can then discuss moving forward with either a planning application or a pre-application submission to the local authority. Often with developments involving any new housing or commercial schemes, a pre-application submission to the Council is recommended to seek their views on the acceptability of the proposal and requirements for any additional information that will be needed as part of the application. In many cases, Councils will choose not to negotiate with applicants unless pre-application advice has been previously sought.

If you want further advice on the above, including whether these services would be appropriate for your proposal, get in touch with us on 01522 581383 to discuss the next steps and our likely fees for preparing your pre-application pack, including some initial design ideas. 

Decision Review - Has planning been refused? Didn't use our services but would like help? Read on...

If you have applied for planning permission and received a refusal notice, we can undertake a review of the Council’s justification for its refusal reasons. Equally, you may have received planning permission but found that conditions have been applied that you would like to challenge or need to try and get them removed, such as occupancy restrictions or a limit on your hours of operation.

Decision Review - Depending on the Council’s justifications, our Decision Review might recommend a re-submission of the application with amendments to address the refusal reason/s, or whether consideration should be given to a Planning Appeal instead - or possibly even both!
Condition Review - We will assess the reasons for the conditions that have been applied and provide you with a written opinion on whether these can be overcome and/or removed.

In all cases the extent (and fee) of the Decision Review or Condition Review will need to be considered on a case by case basis.

Contact us for a fee based on hour flat hourly rate.

Fytche-Taylor Planning and Architecture
Fytche-Taylor Planning and Architecture - Call 01522 581383 or email [email protected] for professional advice