Planning Advice2021-11-04T13:37:49+01:00

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Our specialist planning advice consultants understand the importance of reliable assistance from the outset.

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    Pre Application Assistance

    Obtaining pre-application advice from the LPA is often a shrewd move. This enables us to obtain an informal view on the likelihood of achieving permission, as well as guidance on the information to be submitted with the application. Pre-application enquiries can be a worthwhile exercise as a means of refining a proposal at a relatively early stage. We offer a thorough pre-application service which often proves invaluable as the application progresses.

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    Plus all associated meetings, discussions and engagement with the LPA and/or professional consultees involved.

    Accredited by The Royal Town Planning Institute

    Having been accredited by The Royal Town Planning Institute, we are at the forefront of town planning practice. Our planning advice consultants in Ipswich, Suffolk abide by a strict code of conduct, maintaining professional and ethical standards at all times, which means our clients, colleagues and wider public trust us.

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    The go-to planning consultant for many…

    • Jack provided an excellent service by obtaining planning permission for our new build house. His attention to detail from the outset enabled us to secure planning permission. The whole process was smooth, and he kept us informed throughout.

    • Jack’s experience and knowledge of the Planning System and Council Policy has proven invaluable. He has helped our Architectural Practice achieve many successful planning permissions for our clients, supported by sound advice, attention to detail and first-rate service. Highly recommended.

    • Wilkinson Planning is very knowledgeable in what they do taking it from planning right through to the build stage. We have worked with them on a couple of recent projects and they are a pleasure to work with and we look forward to a continued relationship with Wilkinson Planning. Highly recommended.

    • Excellent! After meeting Jack to discuss our plans, we were filled with confidence. He gave us initial planning advice, submitted the application, and we were awarded planning permission in just over 8 weeks. Faultless service. We will be in touch again soon.

    Why Choose us for Planning Advice?

    Our Planning Consultants offer an extensive range of service covering planning consultancy in a wide variety of sectors. Our expertise in the planning and development profession enables us to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients from our town planning advice. We cater to the private and public sector, along with private and public individuals. We work successfully in partnership with other industry professionals, maintaining client confidentiality at all times.


    Having been accredited by The Royal Town Planning Institute, we are at the forefront of town planning practice. We abide by a strict code of conduct, maintaining professional and ethical standards at all times, which means our clients, colleagues and wider public trust us.

    10 Years Experience

    We have crafted a trustworthy planning service built upon an extensive understanding of local government. Our planning knowledge and expertise are at the forefront of modern-day planning practice, and we take pride in our personable approach to delivering your development aspirations.

    Proven Track Record

    We hold an exceptional strike rate at planning application and appeal stage through our reasoned approach and justified cases. We respond to new case law and planning appeal precedent which ensures we are ‘on the pulse’ of the ever-changing planning landscape.

    Bespoke Planning Permission Advice in Suffolk

    Wilkinson Planning provides bespoke planning advice on all developments, regardless of how big or small the project is. This could be a house extension, or a single dwellinghouse, right up to a 100+ unit housing development. We are supported by a trusted network of specialist professionals, including; Surveyors, Architects, Landscape Architects, Heritage Consultants, Ecologists, Highways Engineers, Flood and Water Engineers and Environmental Health Consultants. Our extensive multi-disciplinary list of contacts places us amongst the best industry professionals in the region.

    Planning Advice FAQs

    When is planning permission required?2021-06-15T15:38:20+01:00

    There are many criteria describing when planning permission is required. The likelihood is that if you are building something completely from scratch, making a significant change or modification to an existing building, or are looking to change the purpose of a building, then you will most likely require planning permission.

    In order to apply for planning permission, you should get in touch with your Local Planning Authority through your local council. If you are doing this yourself, please be aware that if it transpires that your project requires planning permission, and you commence or carry out work without getting planning permission, you could be ordered to undo all the work you have done with an enforcement notice.

    At Wilkinson Planning, we are experts in applying for planning permission for projects from building sheds at the end of a garden, through to housing estate developments.

    How does drone photography work with planning?2021-06-15T15:37:46+01:00

    High-resolution drone photography can significantly increase the effectiveness of your planning permission application. Aside from the benefit of quality, bird’s eye views of the site, you can also include angled shots at a range of altitudes to fully showcase the surrounding area and illustrate what your development hopes to achieve.

    Some architects and planners can superimpose development drawings or blueprints over an appropriate bird’s eye view of the site. This visual aid can be highly beneficial in showing to the Local Planning Authority what your development intentions are, alongside a well-written planning permission application. At Wilkinson Planning, we are experts in the field.

    How long does pre application advice take?2021-06-15T15:36:52+01:00

    Oftentimes, the planning pre-application advice for your proposal will take anything from two to six weeks. Pre-application advice can help to ensure all the formalities are correct, and it could help save time and effort in the longer term by helping you to avoid refusals and appeals on account of technicalities.

    The two to six-week period is not inclusive of the validation period, or the determination period, so pre-planning advice can increase the lead-time of your development project. However, as previously mentioned, you could save time and effort by going down this route. You may even find your proposal is for a permitted development, in which case, you could skip a planning application altogether!

    What is the purpose of a planning appraisal?2021-06-15T15:36:08+01:00

    Simply put, a planning appraisal highlights the potential relevant opportunities and restrictions that apply to a development proposal. A well-tailored planning appraisal enables you to make informed, solid decisions about both how and whether you should or shouldn’t proceed through the planning system with your development proposal.

    Additionally, a planning appraisal can assess the future potential for the development of land or buildings. These can be used to ascertain whether or not a development project is possible, and to formulate a planning strategy to help increase opportunities and negate risks within your project.

    What is a feasibility study?2021-06-15T15:35:02+01:00

    A feasibility study will often form the basis of a planning application. As the name suggests, it is a study conducted by a planning consultant to evaluate whether or not the development proposal being assessed is likely to be accepted by the appropriate authority, and thus be granted planning permission.

    Initially, we will talk through with you any of the key issues regarding your development and the site. This ensures that we fully understand what you wish to achieve. This, and your development proposal will then be checked against the appropriate planning policies, planning laws, and planning history. If everything checks out at this stage, we can quickly apply for planning permission.

    My neighbour is applying for planning permission, can I object?2020-05-17T13:39:45+01:00

    Yes, you can. Every planning application submitted to a local authority must undergo a period of public consultation which varies in length between three and eight weeks. Most councils publish details of planning applications on their websites.

    There are a number of ways to do this:

    If you are a neighbour affected by a planning application the local planning authority will either notify you directly or display a site notice on or near the land to which the application relates.
    You could contact the planning offices of your local authority to involve yourself in the consultation process

    The local planning authority may offer a service on its website
    You are allowed to attend planning committee meetings to hear applications being considered

    You are also allowed to have your say at these meetings but you must notify the council in advance of the meeting

    As a result, the range of objections that can be made is wide and varies from council to council.

    Can I appeal against the Notice served?2020-05-17T13:38:47+01:00

    The appeal process depends on the complexity of the issues relating to the requirements of the notice, and you have the options of proceeding either through written representations, informal hearing or Inquiry.

    Many appeals in respect of Enforcement Notices are by means of an Inquiry, as there may need to be complex legal issues to discuss or consider. Whilst you may consider Written Representations to be appropriate to your case, the final decision as to the type of procedure will rest with the Planning Inspectorate, in consultation with yourself (or your agent) and the local planning authority.

    A final decision will subsequently be made in writing after the site visit. The whole process from submission to decision should take around three months.

    I have been served a Notice by the Planning Enforcement Officer, what should I do?2020-05-17T13:38:09+01:00

    The failure to obtain planning permission or comply with the details of permission is commonly known as a ‘planning breach’.

    If you have received an enforcement notice or other formal notice from the local planning authority (LPA) in respect of your property, then there is an opportunity to make an appeal in respect of that notice. An enforcement notice will usually be served on the owner of a property (and others) where the LPA considers there has been a breach of planning control and consider it expedient to take action to remedy the breach.

    The notice will usually require you to stop doing something, such as removing a building or structure or alter it to make it acceptable.

    Planning permission has been refused, can I appeal the decision?2020-05-17T13:37:29+01:00

    Yes, you can appeal a decision made by a local planning authority on a planning application if you disagree with it or if the application wasn’t determined within eight weeks (for a typical householder development) or 13 weeks for major developments.

    The applicant of any type of planning application is usually entitled to appeal the decision of the local planning authority (LPA). This is usually where an application is refused by the LPA, but there are also other rights of appeal in respect of other matters. Only applicants or their appointed agents can appeal.

    Can I obtain planning advice prior to submission of a planning application proper?2020-05-17T13:36:43+01:00

    Yes, you can, and we strongly encourage this. It is often a good idea to discuss your proposal with a planning officer before you submit an application. Some local planning authorities (LPAs) charge for this service so it’s a good idea to check first. It is also a question you have to answer on the application form and can assist the local authority in dealing with your application. The level of preparation required depends on what you propose to do. In simple cases, it should be sufficient to look at the main issues governing the grant of permission and decide which of these are relevant to your application.

    Do I always need planning permission for a development?2020-05-17T13:34:06+01:00

    Not all proposals require planning permission. Permitted Development (PD) rights mean you can do certain types of development without planning permission, subject to strict terms and conditions. However, if you live in a conservation area, national park or area of outstanding natural beauty, your PD rights will be restricted. The same is true if your house is a listed building. In the majority of cases, planning permission is required as set out in statute Planning Law.

    Why do I need to get planning permission?2020-05-17T13:33:34+01:00

    The Town and Country Planning Act (1990) is effective in England and Wales and is (amongst other statute Planning Law) an act which regulates the development of land and buildings. It is a central part of English land law in that it concerns town and country planning in the United Kingdom.

    It is your responsibility for seeking, or not seeking, planning permission. If required, it should be granted before any work begins.

    Who grants planning permission?2020-05-17T13:32:38+01:00

    Your local planning authority (LPA) is responsible for considering planning applications. It is important to understand the local planning policy implications which affect your proposal, along with the national planning policy aims set by Government.

    What is planning permission?2020-05-17T13:32:02+01:00

    Planning Permission, in simple terms, is like asking if you can do a certain piece of building work or operation. It will be granted (possibly subject to certain conditions) or refused. Parliament has given the main responsibility for planning to local planning authorities (usually, this is the planning department of your local council). Therefore, if you have any queries about a particular case, the first thing to do is to contact your local planning authority.

    Why is town planning important?2020-05-17T13:31:13+01:00

    Planning affects everything we do on a day to day basis, as it influences the places and spaces within which we live and work. It is underpinned by sustainability through focussing on the economy, environment and society, whilst being pivotal to change. Good planning helps create efficient environments and attractive places to live, work and socially absorb. Feel free to visit the Royal Town Planning Institute website for more information about what town planning is.

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    Our expertise in the planning and development profession enables us to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients. We cater to the private and public sector, along with private and public individuals. We provide high-quality professional service and advice to clients on all aspects of planning and development affecting their land and property.

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