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Planning Applications

Once the feasibility scheme has been agreed with our Client, we develop our design and prepare drawings having the required information and detail required for a Planning Application.

Where it is a requirement of the application process in respect of particular works, we will also prepare a Design and Access Statement to explain the concept and need for the specific development. In more complex or unique developments it may be prudent to request Pre-application advice from the Local Authority Planning Officer prior to developing the scheme. Following this consultation our design may incorporate suggestions made by the Officer to increase the chance of a positive result.

Once our planning drawings and any supporting documentation have been completed, we will issue copies to our Client for their approval before proceeding further. We complete the Planning Application Form online using the Planning Portal website and upload digital versions of our drawings and all supporting documents as part of the submission. Upon payment of the prescribed and administration fees by the Client, the application and all supporting documents are submitted to the relevant Local Authority for them to process.

From receipt of information, it typically takes a couple of weeks for the respective Local Authority to validate an application. Statutory Determination Periods are 8 weeks for Minor Application and 13 Weeks for Major ones. We use the Councils Planning websites, as well as direct communication with the appointed Planning Case Officers, to monitor the progress of each application throughout its determination period. We keep our Clients fully updated on the status of their application throughout; liaising with them to co-ordinate and issue any additional information that may be requested by the Planning Case Officer to support the application.

Planning Permissions are always subject to Conditions and the number, complexity, and cost of satisfying these can vary significantly between approvals as they are imposed to tackle specific issues. Some Conditions relate to time constraints, ensuring compliance with the approved drawings, occupancy, usage, or operation and can only be satisfied on or following completion of the works. Pre-Commencement Conditions on the other hand must be formerly discharged, as their name suggests, prior to the commencement of any construction work.

Where Pre-Commencement Conditions are imposed, we are able to assist with the selection, and appointment of a suitable specialist Consultant, co-ordinating their works and submitting the required information as part of an “Application for approval of details reserved by a condition following grant of planning permission or a listed building consent” direct to the Local Planning Authority for their consideration.

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What our clients say...

In my opinion, the best Architectural services in Lincoln. SRA completed amendments to our planning application and incorporated the redesign of 8 houses. The application was immediately approved which has avoided costly delays. The new house design has added value to the project and will provide much better use of the space. SRA have my highest recommendation for projects both large and small.

SP3 Developments Ltd

Niell and team did a great job with plans and 3D graphics.  As I struggle to visualise, the graphics allowed me to get a realistic image. Having Niell deal with the planning department takes away the stress and their knowledge and experience is invaluable. They were very patient as we couldn’t always make up our minds. Thanks guys, great job.

Sharon, Residential Client

I have worked with quite a few architectural practices over the years, I can honestly say SRA are in the top draw category of design companies. Their designs and drawings are of a really high standard. They are thorough and methodical. Their specifications leave little to doubt which means you can precisely quote for what you are being asked to build. […] Plus they are nice people, professional and easy to work for.

Matt, Builder

SRA have designed new houses and building alterations on a number of projects we have tendered for and worked on over the past 20 years or so. Their plans and specifications are consistently clear and thorough and the architectural work in the construction phase has been excellent. I have found them to be one of the leading practices we have worked with throughout this time.

Residential Client

SRA Architecture have made so much difference – we now have six parking/pull-in spaces with our own filter lane taking the school traffic away from the lane, leaving it free for the residents and through traffic including emergency vehicles.

Clare Dawson, School Business Manager

Neill at SRA Architecture has been amazingly professional and supportive throughout, advising on different packages to help budget effectively and offering a service that helps take away a lot of the stress and workload when doing a large renovation project.

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