Planning permission | London architectural services
Smarter Planning Champion Accreditation
In 2012 GOAStudio achieved Smarter Planning Champion status as a result of our planning application submissions being judged of “high quality and met the core best practice guidelines of the Smarter Planning scheme”. We hope this demonstrates our commitment to deliver a faster, more transparent planning application service.
“Most new buildings or major changes to existing buildings or to the local environment need consent – known as planning permission. […] Your local planning authority is responsible for deciding whether a development – anything from an extension on a house to a new shopping centre – should go ahead.”
Planning Permission Services | London
Our record of dealing with most of London’s Local Authorities means that we have been able to obtain planning approvals for demanding projects in conservation areas or for listed buildings, and we particularly enjoy the challenge of working on buildings that require a sensitive design approach.
For residential projects that require planning approval it is important that we carry out a measured survey, and initially produce an accurate set of existing drawings. These drawings are important to the planning submission, but also for developing the design proposals that will form part of the planning application.
Once the proposals have been sufficiently developed, GOAStudio will try to liaise with the duty planning officer of your Local Authority ahead of making the planning submission; it is worth noting that some local authorities have now stopped offering this service. But when this is possible we are able to flush out any issues ahead of the submission, iron out any details, and make sure that the application has the best possible chance of receiving approval.
Once the application has been submitted we will liaise with the case officer for any additional information required. A residential planning application is determined in eight weeks, and in about week six the case officer will contact us to arrange a site visit to your property before he/she makes a final decision on the application.
Please note that it is illegal to go ahead with building works where planning approval is required when the relevant permission has not been obtained. This is true even if you have obtained building regulations approval for the work. The Planning and Building Control Councils are independent from one another, and separate approvals might be necessary.
We see ourselves as creative problem solvers who will deal with any construction, planning, and design issues relevant to your project.