Planning policy representations

Local Plans and LDFs

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 introduced the concept of Local Development Frameworks which will eventually replace Local Plans. The Framework document not only sets out how local authorities will meet their housing and job creation needs but also provides a comprehensive set of planning policies and development management rules and procedures for different forms of development. Each of the various Development plan documents is the subject of a series of public consultations leading to a planning enquiry and eventual adoption of the Local Development Framework.

Take action

Now is the time for landowners, developers and property owners to take action to protect their planning interests, and this is where Fenn Wright’s Planning team can help and advise you.

On your behalf, we can

  • Monitor national planning policy and its likely impact on Local Development Frameworks e.g. The national planning policy framework
  • Monitor the emerging Framework document in your area and advise on the strategic implications for local landowners and suggest potential opportunities
  • Submit representations in response to draft Development plan documents
  • Give evidence at Local Plan enquiries supported by local and regional market evidence
  • Once Local Development Frameworks are in place and adopted, we can monitor annual and five year housing supply figures assessing the potential to bring forward additional windfall or brownfield sites to meet housing need.
  • We act for both private and institutional landowners and are working directly with those landowners or indirectly through strategic developers to promote a number of development opportunities, both small and large in the region.

Planning applications

Planning is an increasingly complex area which requires specialist advice and assistance.

The submission of a planning application will have to be accompanied by detailed plans, supporting statements and expert evidence. The design and layout of a scheme needs to maintain a balance between the often conflicting requirements of planning policy and economic viability. For this reason, Fenn Wright prefer to select and lead a team of experts best suited to your development project.

As project managers, we advise and assist you with

  • Site appraisal to ensure your scheme is realistic and viable in planning terms
  • Interpretation of planning policies and advice on best routes to follow to obtain consent
  • Compilation of Employment Demand Report if appropriate
  • Design and layout of the development
  • Choice of unit size and mix of uses that maximises the sales value
  • Promotion of schemes to the public and other stakeholders
  • Notification of other relevant required consents eg. Listed Building Consent
  • Negotiation with planning authority regarding Community Infrastructure Levy (Section106 agreements)
  • Monitoring and reporting the progress of application

Plannings appeals

If your application is refused, we will advise on the likelihood of success at appeal and how your application could be varied to improve the chances of success.

This may be by way of a written submission to the Planning Inspector, or through a presentation to a hearing or public enquiry. We will liaise with the Local Authority and the project team, and research relevant policies and appeal decisions to support your case.

For further information about planning services please contact Roger Hayward.