Pre-Application Advice

For many schemes, it is often expected that pre-application discussions with the Local Planning Authority will be undertaken, prior to the submission of a formal planning application.

We routinely provide pre-application advice to our clients, and make submissions on their behalf, either in writing or at face-to-face meetings.

The process enables us to engage with planning officers at an early stage, allowing for a better understanding of the likely position that will be adopted by the authority and ensuring that the final scheme can be tailored to address or respond to such issues.

It is increasingly common that authorities will expect planning pre-application negotiations to have occurred prior to a formal planning application and this also ensures an agreement can be reached on the nature and extent of supporting information required as part of the final planning submission.

Strong pre-application advice is even more important in cases where you are trying to establish the principle of a certain type of development, or where a planning application is likely to be contentious and meet with local opposition.

The information and knowledge gained from these pre-application discussions can help shape a better development and one that is more likely to be recommended for approval by planning officers.

Who we work for

“The team at PWA Planning make negotiating the planning system a much smoother experience. They always deal with matters in a professional and timely manner and are extremely proactive in negotiations with the planning authority. They have a strong reputation and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to others.”

John Winstanley, Story Homes

“PWA Planning have been our ‘go to’ planning consultants for many years on varying projects. Their knowledge of the vagaries within the planning system are invaluable ensuring that any advice given can be relied upon to secure the best possible outcome.”

Simon Baxter, Primas Law

“PWA Planning have been with us from the start of our journey at AFC Fylde. They approach all our projects with professionalism, flexibility and a can-do attitude. Their knowledge of the planning system and expert advice is second to none.”

David Haythornthwaite, Mill Farm Sports Village

“I have engaged with PWA Planning on many residential development sites. Their knowledge of the planning system is exemplary, and they have an excellent track record of securing planning consents on our sites. I would recommend PWA without hesitation.”

Richard Calderbank, Applethwaite Homes

“We have worked with PWA Planning for many years and have always found them to be approachable, knowledgeable and effective, navigating difficult projects with ease and professionalism. I would highly recommend PWA to anyone who needs expert planning advice and guidance.”

Phil Wooliscroft, Eddisons

“Paul and his team offer us that rare mix of high-quality planning advice with accessibility and tenacity, to take on the challenges the modern planning system presents. We enjoy the professional and friendly service and hope PWA will long be part of our wider development team.”

Alex Kenwright, EG Group

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