Planning Services

Barn Conversion planning application for holiday rentals
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Applications, Appeals and Advice

Our planning services include everything from Lawful Development Certificates, to Pre-Purchase Appraisals and Feasibility Studies. Let Whiteacre Planning provide you with comprehensive help for planning applications, planning appeals, challenges and all planning requirements for new development.

Development Areas of Specialism

The Key to a Successful Development
  • We are experienced in working across many sectors of development

    Our planning services can help with all types of development projects. We will put together a strong case which complies with national and local planning policy and planning validation requirements.

  • Housing

    House Extensions
    Boundaries/ Curtilage

  • Tourism & Leisure

    Caravan Parks
    Camping Sites Glamping
    Health Clubs

  • Self-build

    Advice for land purchase
    Self and Custom Builds
    Greenfield applications
    Brownfield applications

  • Conservation

    Heritage Statements
    Listed Buildings
    Conservation Areas

  • Agriculture

    Barn Conversions
    Agricultural Notification

Whiteacre Planning Services

Planning Permission Requirements Advice for all Development Projects

    Planning appraisals

    Property is likely to be the most valuable investment you will ever make. As such, any development should be approached cautiously. You may have grand plans for your new home or land, but your vision may or may not be achievable. The best way to find out what is possible is to commission a Planning Appraisal. These studies look at the planning history of a site, relevant designations, material considerations and planning policy and can take the guesswork out of property development.

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    A bungalow in the South West where Whiteacre Planning provided a planning appraisal for pre-purchase advice

    Pre-Purchase Appraisals and advice

    Are you looking for a property with development potential? Have you found your dream plot of land and need help and advice about what might be possible. Our Pre-Purchase Appraisals will prevent you from wasting your time and money chasing any dead-ends.

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    Development feasibility appraisals for building plot in Somerset

    Preparation and submission of planning applications

    Not all projects require planning permission and we can help if you are not sure. Should your proposal require planning permission, you will need to submit a planning application. Some applications can be relatively straightforward, but negotiating the process can be challenging and we can prepare and submit your application on your behalf should you wish. A planning consultant can put together a strong case which complies with national and local planning policy and which takes material considerations into account and can significantly improve your chances of success.

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    Artist impression of new home as part of planning permission application

    Change of use applications

    Whether you are starting a new business or converting a building, you may need to change the use of some land or buildings. We can prepare and submit the necessary planning application as quickly as we can so you can get on with your project.

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    Planning applications for change of use for commercial property

    Prior Approval and other permitted development

    The General Permitted Development Order 2015 offers a wide range of proposals which do not require planning permission. Some works or changes of use can be confirmed as not requiring permission by the preparation and submission of a Lawful Development Certificate, others may need an application for Prior Approval to be submitted.

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    Oak framed garden building with permitted development approved

    Agricultural workers dwellings

    Whether you need accommodation for a farm worker for a new agricultural enterprise or an additional dwelling on an established holding, we can help. We work closely with agricultural advisors and have an excellent success rate.

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    Somerset farm with planning permission for agricultural workers accommodation development

    Preparation and submission of planning appeals

    There are various options following a refusal of planning permission, one of which is lodging an appeal. It may, however, be worth exploring other avenues as it may be possible to find ways of overcoming the reasons for refusal. If you are in this position, do contact us to discuss your case.

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    Planning Appeal decision overturned by Whiteacre Planning

    Lawful Development Certificates (LDCs)

    In cases where works or uses have been carried out at least 4 or 10 years ago or where planning permission is not required, an application may be made under Section 191 or 192 of the Town and Country Planning Act to confirm lawfulness. We can help in these circumstances.

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    Permitted development in back garden of Bradford on Avon home

    Listed buildings and Conservation Areas

    Where proposals may affect listed buildings or other heritage assets such as Conservation Areas, there may be considerable scrutiny of the potential impact/s.

    We work closely with a number of heritage specialists and can support clients with applications for Listed Building Consent or planning permission.

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    Listed building stable block planning approved for conversion into summer house and pool room

    Self-build and custom housebuilding

    Whether you are replacing an existing dwelling or building an entirely new on, we can support you on your self-build journey. Some Councils now have specialist Self-build policies, but even if they don’t, we can provide robust justification for this aspect of your proposal.

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    Self-build planning application success for home in Sherborne

    Planning Drawings

    All applications require clear plans outlining your proposal. We can provide or arrange the required plans. We work with a range of architectural technicians, designers and architects and can provide guidance on what will work best for your project.

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    Architect Impression planning drawings of The Hollies self build development in Cheriton

Planning Services in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire

We have worked with clients across the UK from London to Penzance. Based on the Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire borders, we have solid working relationships with Local Planning Authorities in the South and South West region. Discover how we can help you succeed with your development project.

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