WHY PLANiTWRiGHT?

PLANiTWRiGHT is a planning consultancy established in 2010 in the North West and operating across England and Wales to provide clients with clear and creative planning advice. PLANiTWRiGHT offers advice directly to clients or in collaboration with architects and indirectly through other professional such as solicitors and barristers. The advice is commercially informed and backed up with years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Planning issues will be approached with common sense and practical knowledge.

Whatever the circumstances PLANiTWRiGHT can offer advice on how best to obtain planning permission, save time by getting it right the first time and save or make money from the uplift in the value of the land or property.

PLANiTWRiGHT offers detailed advice to property investors and developers on how to maximise the value of a site whilst at the same time preparing a reasonable proposal which is most likely to achieve planning permission.

Telephone Consultation – 30 mins – £97 + VAT

If you would like to discuss a planning matter, you can now use PLANiTWRiGHT’s 30-minute telephone consultation service for just £97 + VAT.

This service provides you with a 30-minute phone call with planning expert Linda Wright.

Email admin@planitwright.co.uk to book your call now.

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PLANiTWRiGHT Advent Calendar – 7th December - on opening this box what do we find …… Due Diligence. Yes, I know due diligence is not sexy and it’s a bit of a chore, but it must be done in property investment or development – otherwise it’s like playing Russian roulette! Before buying a property, most people will know that (at the very least) the prudent thing to do is legal due diligence and might instruct solicitors to undertake searches with the Local Planning Authority. They might even request a copy of the Title Deeds and Title Plan to ensure the extent of what they are buying and make sure there are no legal covenants that would restrict a future use of land or a building. But this is not planning due diligence and if you want to buy an investment property and change it in some way or build on land this could be critical and could seriously affect your wealth. Even if you are proposing your dream home – do you really want to find that you are restricted by planning issues. What sort of things should I be looking for I hear you ask – that is the $64 million question! Every Council is different, every site and location will be different, and every proposal will involve a different set of circumstances – but some of the matters you might wish to check are as follows: national planning policy e.g. is the site in the designated Green Belt if so there are general restrictions on lots of development; Flood Risk – this can easily be checked on the Environment Agency website; Local Council Planning Policy – these are available on each local Council’s website – they can take a bit of patience to wade through and find what you are looking for; any local Council restrictions – such as Article 4 Directions removing permitted development rights; Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings and Tree Preservation Orders should be identified on the local Council website and will need careful handling; Contributions under a Section 106 Agreement – either financial contributions or on-site affordable housing; Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – this is not mandatory but many Councils have now introduced this non-negotiable tariff – find out what it might cost you before you buy. This admittedly is a limited list but it is a start and will obviously depend on the property and your proposals. But ignore planning due diligence at your peril – you may regret it at leisure and it could be expensive. If you can’t or don’t want to do it engage the services of a competent professional (or fabulous planning consultant) who can do it for you – but however it is done – just do it before you buy! #planningadventcalendar ... See MoreSee Less

Ok so the PLANiTWRiGHT Advent Calendar top tip for 6th December- a bit late - it's been a long day. So how do you decide which application form to choose when submitting a planning application on the Planning Portal? Well most forms 'do what they say on the tin' and the description will usually give you a clear indication of what you need - such as Listed Building Consent - clear enough - yes? (But remember something that might be permitted development and needs no planning permission could still need LB Consent (if a Listed Building of course). But there are also some application forms that cannot be found on the Planning Portal but need to be found on each individual Council's website. The application and supporting documents then have to be submitted either by post (how retro), in person (really?) or by email (and relax). If submitting by email make sure you have the correct email address, mark it 'high importance', get a delivery confirmation and a 'read receipt' so that if needed you can prove someone has read it. Even then FOLLOW UP to ensure the application does not fall into a black hole! #planningadventcalendar ... See MoreSee Less

PLANiTWRiGHT Advent Calendar – 5th December continuing with boxes full of planning and property tips. Let's talk very briefly about when you finally get around to submitting a planning application. Gone are the days when you could simply fill in a form and submit drawings done on the back of a ‘fag packet’ - yes I know that dates me – get over it! Simply the massive list of different application forms on the Planning Portal is now mind boggling and Councils are now far more picky about the drawings that are submitted. The drawings absolutely must be to an identifiable scale and in the digital age you must identify the size of paper the drawings should be printed on to be at the correct scale. Councils are also now requesting that a scale bar should be included on the drawings to further help with accuracy of scale. These details are important to get right – unless and until the details are correct the council will not validate and register your application and the process will not start. Also there can be a vast amount of additional expert information required to support your application – such as topographical survey, land contamination report, tree survey, travel plans, flood risk assessment, noise (acoustic) report, ecological survey etc. Sometimes the council will hold you to ransom and will not validate the application until the reports are submitted. Get the information in as soon as possible! You can sometimes ask that the required information is added as a condition rather than spending the money on a survey up front. This will not work in all circumstances. The lesson here is to make sure that all the correct information is submitted to satisfy the Council and get your application validated and on its way. #planningadventcalendar ... See MoreSee Less