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  • Planning Appraisals/Development Advice
  • Planning Applications
  • Applications for Listed Building Consent
  • Reserved Matters Applications
  • S106 Agreements
  • Lawful Development Certificates
  • Commercial
  • Advertisement Consent
  • Discharge of Conditions
  • Objections on behalf of third parties
  • Development Plan representations (strategic policy and land allocation)
  • Planning Appeals (written representations / hearing / Public Inquiry), including instruction of Counsel
  • Enforcement Appeals
  • Environmental Impact Assessment [EIA]
  • Community Engagement
  • Expert witness
  • Masterplanning and Urban Design

C+A are highly experienced in the preparation of all types of planning applications for a variety of development types. We can project manage your application, pulling together all of the necessary disciplines and lead all negotiations with local authorities and other interested parties. We have a very high success rate in achieving planning permission first time round.

We aim to present our applications in a positive manner, working with local planning authorities where possible to achieve both a high standard of development and a commercially beneficial outcome for our clients.

Our applications range in scale from domestic additions to major urban extensions but we ensure that we take a thorough and conscientious approach whatever the scale of development.

We are highly experienced in the preparation of all types of planning applications for a variety of development types. We can project manage your application, pulling together all of the necessary disciplines and lead all negotiations with local authorities and other interested parties. We have a very high success rate in achieving planning permission first time round.

We aim to present our applications in a positive manner, working with local planning authorities where possible to achieve both a high standard of development and a commercially beneficial outcome for our clients.

Our applications range in scale from domestic additions to major urban extensions but we ensure that we take a thorough and conscientious approach whatever the scale of development.

Cassidy + Ashton as a company are highly experienced in applying for listed building consent. Our heritage assessments address the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework and Historic England in order to ensure that the level and depth of assessment is sufficient for a robust decision to be made.

We work positively with planning officers, conservation officers and, where required, Historic England, to ensure that any proposals have the greatest prospect of success.

Reserved matters applications are not always simply a case of providing the detailed plans for the local planning authority to consider. Often there are many other issues to address such as the discharge of certain conditions prior to submitting reserved matters, or the need to vary the original outline planning permission to maximise the commercial benefits of development.

We can advise on the most appropriate route to take, ensuring that sufficient time is allowed to ensure that decisions are made at the appropriate time to ensure the planning permission is kept alive and development can proceed in a timely manner.

Planning permission often requires the use of a section 106 legal agreement or obligation to ensure certain actions take place to allow the development to proceed. This may relate to a number of factors and it is essential that such agreements are tightly negotiated to ensure that they are fair and reasonable to the development proposed.

We can advise on the form of s106 agreements, assisting in their preparation and in negotiations with local planning authorities. We will seek to ensure that any agreements take full account of viability and that no development is straddled with unreasonable requirements.

Commercial development has long been a core aspect of our business and we can advise and assist developers at every stage from initial site appraisal, right up to implementation of planning permissions.

The discharge of planning conditions now appears as a process that can be as laborious as the original planning application itself. No longer is a simple verbal agreement of a brick sample sufficient, everything must be approved in writing after the submission of formal application for discharge.

However, we are very experienced with the process and will ensure that all requirements are discharged in as straight forward a manner as can reasonably be achieved to ensure that development is not delayed.

With what is intended to be a plan-led system, it is important to ensure that the interests and proposals of developers are represented through the development plan process.

We can keep clients up to date with the development plan process, advise on when representations should be made and submit evidence and justification at the appropriate time.

Although we make every effort to achieve consent without resort to appeal, on occasion it is unavoidable.

If it is necessary to pursue this avenue, we are very experienced in all forms of planning appeal, with a very high success rate.

We will analyse the reasons for refusal of planning permission and provide our advice, in the first instance as to whether an appeal is the most appropriate route forward or whether a revised submission would provide a greater prospect of success.

If we do proceed to an appeal, we will advise on the most appropriate route and put together the strongest team to defend the client’s position, working with experienced Barristers if a public inquiry is required.

If a local authority has taken enforcement action, it is essential not to waste time in putting together an appeal. We will advise on the most effective route to take and all of the grounds of appeal that may be applicable to your case.

At the same time we will look to work with the local authority to see if a suitably agreed alternative approach can be reached to avoid the cost and delay of working through the appeal process.

Acting as the lead consultant on development projects that require EIA, co-ordinating the work of the technical team, acting as the main point of contact for the client and ensuring that Environmental Statements are legally robust, consistent in their approach and of high quality.

EIA Screening

Where development does not require EIA but is above the thresholds set out in the EIA Regulations, it is essential for developers to obtain a Screening Opinion from the local planning authority. We can prepare a Screening Report that clearly sets out the reasons why a development does not require EIA. This allows the planning authority to provide an evidence-based Screening Opinion and ensures that any subsequent planning permission is not challengeable on procedural grounds.

Creating bespoke strategies to engage with the public and key stakeholders in line with Legislation which include:

  • Engagement and liaison with community groups, stakeholders, influencers and key decision makers
  • Consultation forums both on and off line
  • Co-ordination and hosting of public exhibitions and presentations
  • Preparation of questionnaires
  • Presentation of results review and response to feedback in line with the Localism Act 2011
  • Statement of Community Involvement

As experienced professionals we are often required to provide a professional opinion on a particular issue pertaining to town planning. We are able to do this, providing a robust and professional report, together with appearance at court/public inquiry as required.

Balancing creative thinking with practical deliverable solutions, we base our work on assessments of the particular constraints and opportunities a site presents. Working alongside our in-house architectural team we can prepare the following:

  • Initial sketch appraisal
  • Indicative masterplans
  • Development Framework
  • Site layouts

Related Work

Contact

Alban Cassidy (Preston)

Guy Evans (Chester)


albancassidy@cassidyashton.co.uk
guyevans@cassidyashton.co.uk

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