Pre-Planning Applications are crucial in construction, offering an early chance to liaise with local authorities and identify project constraints. Our expert architects carefully navigate this process, ensuring a solid start for your scheme.
AS AN AWARD-WINNING PRACTICE, WE EMPHASISE THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING IN ACHIEVING SUCCESSFUL PROJECT OUTCOMES.
The importance of the pre-planning process cannot be overstated. It sets the course for the entire project, identifying opportunities early on and providing a clear and well-defined pathway from the earliest concept through to final realisation.
PRE-APPLICATION PLANNING PROCESS
The Pre-Planning Application process is a pivotal early step in our architectural journey. The objective is to explore, identify and understand the project’s possibilities as well as potential challenges, establishing strong foundations before moving forward.
The process begins with us gaining an understanding the opportunities of the site, as well as any challenges. Here we carry out comprehensive research, looking into local planning policies and guidelines, the physical characteristics of the site, including any topographical elements, as well as the wider environmental and community factors. We also take into account factors such as site orientation, which can influence daylight penetration and energy usage, and existing infrastructure and access points.
Factors such as local architectural styles, heritage considerations, and neighbouring buildings are also assessed. This phase informs us about the context in which we are designing, ensuring our proposals are both respectful and responsive to their surroundings.
Once we’ve gathered all necessary information, we perform a feasibility study. This helps us to evaluate potential development proposals for the site, considering the identified constraints and opportunities. It provides a clear vision of what is possible and ensures our designs are achievable and in line with planning regulations.
It’s during this pre-planning stage that we also provide clients with pre-planning application advice. This includes guidance on potential design directions, the likelihood of achieving planning permission, advice on the type of application required, and an estimated timeline for the project.
By investing time and expertise at this stage, we ensure a smoother, more effective journey through the subsequent stages of design and construction. This helps achieve optimal results that meet the specific requirements of every client while adhering to the highest architectural and planning standards.
PRE-PLANNING APPLICATION ADVICE
At Base, we believe in the power of partnership. Client involvement is not an optional extra in the ‘Pre-Planning Application’ stage; it’s a fundamental part of our methodology. We prioritise keeping our clients informed, updated, and integral to each decision, ensuring your unique vision is meticulously reflected in our designs.
Our Pre-Planning Application service begins with a comprehensive discussion about your project. We’ll clarify potential design directions, formulate strategies for securing planning permission and establish a realistic project timeline.
We guide you through every step, not least when choosing your type of application. From the nitty gritty of full planning applications to householder planning and listed building consent, we’re at your side to pick the right path for your project.
Our initial advice is built on a solid foundation of detailed site analysis, thorough local planning policy research, and our architectural expertise. This helps keep the process smooth, sets realistic expectations, and ultimately, aids in delivering successful architectural projects. With Base, we’re not just drawing plans, we’re crafting a truly shared vision.
A pre-planning application with us is comprehensive. It includes location plans, proposed block plans, constraints analysis, indicative 3D visualisations, and a written overview that outlines the background and aspirations of the proposal.
Base for Pre-Planning Applications?
Base Architects have been fortunate enough to be awarded multiple accolades over the years that acknowledge our high-end design skillsets.
We retain a strong portfolio of projects that allow us to promote ourselves as a multi-disciplinary practice, delivering private properties, hotels, leisure, retail and care projects.
With a carefully selected design team in house, we challenge ourselves to ensure that any design is pushing the boundaries of design while also giving flexibility for future adaptation.
Careful consideration is paid to ensuring that a concept is as innovative as possible within both the site constraints and the budgetary requirements, as and when appropriate.