Technical Reports & Surveys

Our services & What you need to know when making a planning application.

All sites are different, and whilst some developments simply require a detailed set of plans to make a planning application, many development sites have additional planning issues that need to be appropriately covered in your planning application, including statutory reports.

To see why this is important and what we can offer to help, read on...

Flood Risk Assessments, Heritage Reports and Site Surveys - whatever your planning application needs we have it covered.
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Surveys covered in-house and by our professional partners include;

  • Energy Statements by our Qualified Energy Assessor (click here for more details)
  • Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) - Baseline Assessments and Net Gain Reports (click here for more details)
  • BS5837 compliant Arboricultural Assessment (Tree Survey – inhouse or external as required)
  • Protected Species – Ecological Surveys
  • Flood Risk Assessments and Drainage Strategies (available in-house for some projects)
  • Heritage Impact Assessment and Heritage Statement (including Statements of Significance - available in-house for some projects. 

Other reports as required: 

  • Structural Surveys (including for heritage assets)
  • Topographic (site levels) Surveys
  • Transport Assessments
  • Archaeology - desktop site assessments through to full watching briefs and trial digs
  • Noise Assessments
  • Ground Contamination Reports and Soil Sampling
  • Drainage Strategies (available in-house for most projects)
  • Building Control and Building Regulations (click here for more on this service).

What you need to know...  Issues that commonly need to be explored further include constraints such as flood risk, protected species, important trees, listed buildings and conservation areas or protected landscape areas. Our site appraisal service is the best place to start if you aren’t sure how your site could be affected or if you need to understand more about the planning potential of your land.  

What are the risks?  Quite simply, if these issues are not addressed, then you are likely to see your planning application refused, so understanding what needs to be done and considering it properly from the start is essential.  

Sadly, we see many cases where other consultants or architects either don’t check for planning constraints or simply don’t really understand what they mean – focussing instead on design work. This can either lead to an application failing completely, or make their fee look really attractive to begin only to find out that it only covers a fraction of the true application costs when much more work is needed later on.  This happens a lot, and it can be easily avoided by getting better advice. 

We do things differently and this is reflected in our exemplary success rate and fantastic client reviews. Before any architectural work starts, we always cover the basics first to give our clients realistic advice on the likely costs for making an application and on the chance of success.

Everything you need, in one place - For the majority of the planning applications we work on, we are able to provide all of the necessary supporting information in-house, including site assessments, planning reports and all of the architectural design work (scale plans and drawings).  Our aim is to provide clients with a single point of contact, to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible and reduce your costs.

We have an excellent track record of handling more sensitive development proposals too, such as those located within Conservation Areas, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or Green Belt. Our experienced development specialists understand these planning constraints and can advise you on precisely what is required in order to properly address them when preparing your planning application.

In most cases, because of the unique and broad range of skills within our team, we can provide all of the additional technical reports in-house, such as Flood Risk Assessments, Drainage Strategies and Heritage Statements.  For more complex cases, or where additional third-party expertise is required to bolster the planning case, we work with a range of trusted local consultants. 

Third Party Consultants - When third-party specialist consultants are necessary, we will prepare their brief, obtain quotes and then continue to manage them through to the completion of their work, meaning that you only ever need to deal with us.  This also allows us to extend the services that we can offer, beyond our in-house provision, to include the full scope of additional technical reports needed for all types of development and any scale of project.

So whatever you are planning – get in touch and plan it with us! Contact 01522 581383 or email [email protected] for an initial conversation.