Help with Planning

Pichler Planning Consultancy provides expert planning advice to a wide range of clients including developers, landowners, architects and private individuals.

The practice offers expertise in the following areas:

  • Development appraisals, advice and research.

Often the first stage in a planning and development project involves appraising the potential of a site or a property to accommodate new development, re-use or redevelopment. An appraisal will establish the current and emerging planning policy context; comment on the realistic potential of the site for a range of uses or development and recommend a strategy geared to successful promotion through the planning and development process.

  • Preparation, submission and monitoring of planning applications.

The practice provides advice to clients of all types with regard to planning applications. The range of applications covers both urban and rural proposals, listed buildings, householder applications and major residential and commercial applications.

I have an extensive network of local contacts that can provide the additional services that you may require in order to promote your application. These include drawings services, tree surveys, bat and wildlife reports, contaminated land surveys, legal advice and more.

I am well versed in the local authority process and skilled at engaging with the general public, residents groups, Parish/Town Councils and District Councillors. I can promote clients’ proposals by coordinating public exhibitions, public meetings and by lobbying councillors and addressing Planning Committees.

  • Applications for Certificates of Lawful Use and Development.

A Certificate can establish whether a development requires planning permission and can establish immunity from enforcement. Therefore these benefit greatly from specialist input that I can offer.

  • Appeals.

I undertake a wide range of planning appeals of all types from written representations through to inquiries including the new Householder Appeals Service offered by the Planning Inspectorate. The nature of appeal work covers developments of all sizes, enforcement appeals, advertisement appeals and certificates of lawful use and development.

  • Enforcement.

An Enforcement Notice is generally the last resort for the local authority and can create significant difficulties for the recipient. I approach such cases carefully, giving frank professional advice to clients and by dealing openly with the local authority with the aim of reaching mutually agreeable resolutions. Sometimes, there is no option but to respond to enforcement action instigated by a local authority. I co-ordinate enforcement appeals by written representations and by public inquiry, working with my clients and co-consultants as necessary.

  • Policy planning

The promotion of proposals through the development plan system, most often from initial development appraisal through to allocation for development in the relevant policy framework by the submission of appropriate representations.