The practice offers a comprehensive range of professional town planning services and prides itself on achieving results for its clients. We offer all our clients a specialist, individual service and because we are a smaller practice we pride ourselves on our personal approach. Our years of experience in the planning environment make us a cost effective solution.
We are committed to offering a pro-active approach to achieving success regardless of the issues and obstacles.
Development feasibility, site appraisal & planning strategy
We will advise you of the site constraints; what the development plan policies require; whether the proposals you want will be acceptable; how you might adapt the plans to make them acceptable; what other options there may be to take the plans forward and the prospects of success, allowing you to make an informed decision on future plans.
Preparation of planning applications
We prepare pre-application reports to Planning Authorities, meeting with officers to discuss the proposals and put your case. We will represent your case and seek to gain the approval in principle from planning officers and other stakeholders at this stage to obtain confidence in principle agreements and prevent wasted time and resources.
We prepare the following types of applications;
- Planning Applications for all forms of development / change of use
- Listed Buildings
- Advertisement Consents
- Certificates of Lawfulness
The promotion of sites through the planning process from initial allocations to project delivery
Our Local Plan (LP) service is aimed at helping landowners, groups or individuals to secure land allocation status. This includes land positioned for housing, employment uses, recreational or waste sites. To give your site proposal the best chance of success it must be properly supported through each stage of the LP process. Arc Planning can help you actively promote your site proposal using planning law and legislation to justify the main principles for development for the site to be included within the final LP. We can help at any stage; however, as with all planning matters our early involvement ensures the best chance of success.
Planning appeals including written representation, hearing or inquiry
If your planning application has been refused, arc Planning Consultants’ appeals service may be an effective option to achieve planning permission for your development. Our full planning appeals service includes management of all aspects of your planning appeal from start to finish, ensuring deadlines are met and peace of mind for you with regular progress updates.
Advice on Section 106 negotiations & CIL
We advise clients on the content of legal agreements and when appropriate, undertake negotiations with local planning authorities on the appropriate level of contributions. We are familiar with the requirements imposed by the Community Infrastructure Levy.
We also advise on the preparation and content of Unilateral Undertakings for submission with planning applications and appeals.
arc has specialist urban design expertise and advice that shapes and supports development proposals and/ or establishes design guidance for places. Our approach is tailor made in response to the needs of each project, place and client. Urban design guidance can be a key tool for promoting design quality through the development processes of planning and procurement, helping to increase certainty, to raise confidence, and to provide a basis for assessing proposals.
Urban Design & Masterplanning
arc is able to lead and co-ordinate multi-disciplinary design teams to guide projects through the development process. We work alongside architects and design teams both for public and private sector clients for a variety of project requirements including;
- area appraisals/ site capacity/ feasibility studies
- site allocations
- development briefs
- development frameworks/ area action plans
- We work with project architects and other masterplanners to guide and manage the design process to ensure it meets planning requirements
Assistance with the management & coordination of multi-disciplinary teams to deliver projects
Often clients take on responsibility for managing a number of supporting consultants.
arc is able to assist in coordinating specialist teams, ensuring teams are properly briefed.
We ensure that specialists environmental expertise and advise is integrated into the project properly and we are able to coordinate environmental baseline condition assessments and EIA Screening .