How to Get Planning Permission in Guildford

How to get planning permission in Guildford

Are you a property developer looking to start a new project in Guildford, Surrey?

One of the key things you’ll need to do is obtain planning permission, which without the right professional support can be a complicated and arduous process.

With the experience of the FORM Design Group team on your side, your chances of getting planning approval are greater, meaning you may be able to maximise the potential profit from your investment more quickly. In this article, we’ll explain how we can help you obtain planning permission for your project in Guildford.

Understanding How to Get Planning Permission in Guildford

Before we get into the detail of how we can help you get planning approval, let’s take a closer look at the planning process. It can be broken down into several stages, including:

Feasibility: This process involves a thorough examination of the site constraints and opportunities as well as the policy constraints and requirements to meet both national planning policy and guidance and the Council’s specific planning policies and guidance.   It’s important to understand these first, before moving forward into the design process.

Pre-Application: This stage involves consulting with the local planning authority to ensure that you are meeting the relevant policies and regulations, and to get an idea of the likelihood of obtaining planning permission.

Submission of the Application: Following the feasibility and pre-application process, the next phase is the preparation and submission of the planning application to the local planning authority. The application will include detailed plans and drawings of the proposed development and will also draw together other specialist consultants reports and studies which may have been identified in the previous stages.

Assessment: Following submission the formal process of determination by the local planning will take place. This may involve consultation with external bodies, such as the Environment Agency or Historic England as well as third parties such as adjoining land owners.  It depends upon the type of scheme and the constraints associated with it.

Decision: Following the assessment, the local planning authority will make a decision on the planning application. This decision may include conditions that must be met before development can proceed.

Paul Uttley | FORM Design Group Planning Director
We have lots of experience working with Guildford Council and have a good understanding of the local planning policies and regulations. This helps us ensure that your plans are in line with the local requirements and have the best chance of being approved.

Paul Uttley BSc (Hons) DipTP MRTPI

Design

Our Chartered Architect, Mike Chidzey will help you design a scheme that meets the relevant policies and regulations, looks great and helps you move towards a net-zero development.

He and his team will prepare detailed plans and drawings that accurately represent your proposed development, which is especially important in Guildford, where there are a number of conservation areas and listed buildings and other factors that may require special consideration.

We have lots of experience working with Guildford Council and have a good understanding of the local planning policies and regulations. This helps us ensure that your plans are in line with the local requirements and have the best chance of being approved.

Planning

Our planning consultant Paul Uttley will oversee the planning application process, and he and his team will help you to navigate the complexities of the planning system. Paul and his team will identify any potential issues that may arise during the planning process and provide guidance on how to address them as well as helping to smooth the application through the decision-making process.

Structural Engineering

Our structural engineer, Andy Manington and his team will make sure your development is structurally sound and meets the relevant Building Regulations.

A structural engineer can also help you to identify any potential issues with the proposed development and can provide guidance on how to address these issues.

Andy has considerable experience working on commercial properties in Guildford and has a good understanding of the local building regulations.

Heatherdene Family HouseCASE STUDY

We provided local property developer Erica Homes with design consultancy to help them achieve planning permission for a new family-friendly 4-bedroom home in West Horsley, Surrey.

The project involved demolishing a worn out 1960’s dwelling and building a smart new detached house designed to fit in perfectly with the surrounding area.

Read all about it here…

Preparing a Strong Planning Application

Our goal is to prepare a strong planning application that has the best chance of being approved, so you can get on site fast.

The first step is for us to clearly identify the relevant policies and regulations and the site constraints that may  apply to your proposed development.

Following this we’ll also consult with the local planning authority either before submission of the application and/or throughout the planning process where necessary, identifying any potential issues and addressing them prior to submission or during the determination process.

To accurately represent your proposed development, we’ll prepare detailed plans and drawings, including accurate 3D designs that include all the necessary information, such as floor plans, elevations, and site plans.

We may also need to provide supporting documents, such as a Planning Statement, Design and Access Statement, Heritage Statement.  There may be other reports/surveys that are necessary that we may not be able to produce in house.  However, we do have a trusted network of external consultants that we are able to approach to undertake this work.

Working with the Local Community

In addition to preparing a strong planning application, where necessary, we’ll also work with the local community to ensure that your proposed development is well-received and has the support of local residents and businesses. This can help to prevent any objections or delays in the planning process.

If any local community concerns or issues are identified, we’ll address them in your planning application or adjust your application to take them into account.

We’ll also consider how your proposed development can benefit the local community. This may include providing public spaces, affordable housing, or other community facilities, to help ensure your application is viewed positively and that it enhances the local area.

Obtaining planning permission in Guildford can at times be a complicated process, depending upon the nature of the scheme, but with FORM by your side, delivering a strong planning application, you’ll have the best chance of gaining planning approval.

Our experience working in Guildford, and our comprehensive understanding of the local planning policies and regulations, will mean that your proposed development will be better received and have the support of local residents and businesses.

If you’d like to discuss how we can help you obtain planning permission in Guildford, please get in touch.