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Planning Appraisals

Understanding the planning system can be very complex, and although the Government have sought to streamline the planning system there are numerous acts, orders, guidance and plans which need to be taken into account when assessing the suitability of a land or buildings for development.


A planning appraisal is an inexpensive way of developing a strategy for taking forward a site. On a site where there has been no previous development a planning appraisal can provide you with a clear indication of whether a site has planning potential, and, if so, whether the strategy is to make representations to the local plan or go-ahead and submit a planning application straight away. Depending on the nature of development proposed, the appraisal may also set out the issues which may need to be addressed as part of any planning application.

Planning appraisals can also be a good starting point when reviewing more complex sites, where a strategy for taking development forward may need to ensure that a phased approach is adopted. For example, in situations where the proposed development needs to come forward in a particular order, or phases.

Contact us if you have any land or buildings which you think may have potential for future development, even if you think it may be some time in the future as the planning process can often take time.

Elizabeth Welch

Elizabeth Welch

Chartered Town Planner
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Steve Davies

Chartered Town Planner