Planning permission can be extremely difficult for the layman to grasp, particularly given the fluctuating nature of the legislation. Planning consultants have expert knowledge of regulations and can, therefore, play a vital role in obtaining permission for projects with complex needs. Even if you have a knack for understanding intricate rules, securing permission is not just about the technicalities of an application. You should engage a planning consultant if securing permission for your project will not be straight forward, especially if it will require the interpretation of planning policy and local development plans. Having an expert on board will not only help the planning process run more smoothly, but it will also provide you with a valuable sense of reassurance. It’s important to bring a consultant on at the beginning of your project. If a plan is refused permission the first time around its chances of success, later on, are greatly diminished.
Some people chose to rely on their architects to manage the application process. If you are having difficulty with permission due to design issues, it’s certainly important to consult your architect. However, you should not assume that your architect will be able to navigate planning permission in complex cases, this could be assisted by appointing a planning consultant to work with your architect to strengthen your success of planning permission.