Planning Applications2021-11-04T13:38:24+01:00

Planning Applications

Our cutting edge service and expertise means we are trusted to deliver on planning applications.

    Looking for help with planning applications in Ipswich, Suffolk and beyond? Get in touch with us

    Planning Applications

    We have a proven track record of securing planning permission for our clients, through a personal approach which is built upon local government experience and understanding. We take the time to understand our clients’ aims and objectives in order to successfully deliver their aspirations. Our comprehensive knowledge of the planning system combined with our technical expertise enables us to offer a cutting edge service.

    Planning Permission Assistance in Ipswich & Suffolk

    Planning Application Services

    Design and Access Statement

    Planning Statement

    Supporting Statement

    Statement of Community Involvement

    Sustainability Assessment

    Environmental Impact Assessment

    Discharge of Conditions

    Variation / Modification of Conditions

    S106 and Planning Obligations

    Certificate of Lawfulness for Existing / Proposed Use

    Plus all associated drawings, reports, surveys, statements, assessments, evidence, data collections and analysis required in order to submit to LPA validation requirements

    Development Opportunities and Strategic Land Promotion

    Our commercial nouse adds real value for our clients. We have the ability to identify opportunities for landowners, housebuilders, land promoters and land acquisition companies. We pride ourselves on being able to offer professional planning advice at a proactive and commercially driven level, delivering our clients’ strategic ‘business model’ for development. We achieve this through:

    Identifying development opportunities

    Strategic site promotion

    Engagement and consultation

    Planning application delivery

    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 application experts 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.

    RTPI Chartered Town Planner Suffolk

    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 Wilkinson Planning?

    Our planning application 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. 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 Applications Assistance Services

    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 Applications FAQs

    What is an S106 agreement?2021-06-15T15:42:39+01:00

    An S106 agreement (Section 106 Legal Agreement), also known as ‘planning obligations’, is a legally binding agreement between the LPA and the developer. They are often used when the LPA believes a development will have significant impacts on the local area that cannot be negated by implementing planning decision conditions.

    The Section 106 Legal Agreement comes from a section of the Town and Country Planning Act of 1990. An S106 agreement must be necessary, relevant, and reasonable. Additionally, the development’s viability and the local economy can have a hand in shaping the contents of an S106 agreement, should one be necessary.

    What is a planning statement?2021-06-15T15:41:59+01:00

    A planning statement is a document that highlights the need and context for your proposed development. It assesses how the development relates to national, regional and local planning legislation. They can also include the details and findings of consultations between the developer and the LPA, statutory consultees, and community representatives.

    Depending on the scope of the community surrounding the development, a separate statement regarding the involvement of the community may be necessary.

    A supportive planning statement will be required for many planning permission applications, particularly for large developments, significant changes to the use-case or application of a building, or works pertaining to listed or period buildings.

    What is pre planning application advice?2021-06-15T15:41:26+01:00

    Pre planning application advice is not mandatory, but it is an encouraged part of the planning process. This is because it can lead to the identification and solving of any issues with your development proposal before you submit your application. This could save time and money in the long run.

    Some of the things you may find from using a pre planning advice service can include: what policies your development will be assessed against, development site planning history, important constraints, and designations the site has, what supporting documentation and information you will be likely required to produce to support your application, and more.

    How do you submit a planning application?2021-06-15T15:40:27+01:00

    You can submit a planning application online. Every LPA in England can be applied to using the Planning Portal. If you are working without a planning consultant, then at the start of the project you should check to see if your project requires planning permission, building regulations approval, or both.

    When submitting a planning application, it is worth noting that online planning application submission requires a planning fee of at least (subject to your development) £60 to be paid as part of the application process. The application will not be submitted to the LPA without payment of the planning fee.

    How long does a planning application take?2021-06-15T15:39:47+01:00

    Typically, for most projects, the decision on the outcome of a planning application is made within eight weeks. For very large or complicated developments, this can be extended to thirteen weeks, after gaining your written consent. It is likely that the LPA will be able to give you a timeframe.

    If the LPA does not seek your written consent to extend the period, then you can appeal to the secretary of state. Do be aware, however, that this can take months, so it may be faster to contact the LPA and reach an agreement if time is of the essence.

    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.

    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.

    Expert Planning and Development Consultants

    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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