Here you will find answers to some of the most common questions our clients ask about our services, processes, and fees. We understand that making decisions about your planning needs can be a daunting task, and we hope that this page will provide you with the information you need to feel confident in choosing Base.
Whilst these FAQs may help steer you in the right direction, please do not hesitate to contact us directly and we will gladly assist.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a planning consultant?

A planning consultant is a professional that provides expert advice and guidance to individuals, businesses, and government agencies on matters related to urban, rural and regional planning.

How long does it take to get a decision on an application?

Most applications have a statutory determination period of 8 weeks, unless they are major applications in which case the time is extended to 12 weeks. During this period, there will be approximately 3 weeks where immediate neighbours will be notified and can make comment. During this period, statutory consultees including parish councils will also be consulted. Whilst only objections which are considered material should be taken into account, its often a good idea to speak with adjoining neighbours before submitting an application.

How can I ensure that my development project is successful?

To ensure the success of your own development project, it is important to engage a qualified and experienced planning consultant, to engage with the community and stakeholders, to conduct thorough research and analysis drawing on specialist input where necessary, to develop a clear and achievable vision and strategy, and to be adaptable and responsive to changing circumstances.

What types of planning applications are there?

There are a number of different planning application types that can be made, depending on the size and scale of the proposed development. The most common of these are:
  • Householders Planning Consent
  • Full Planning Consent
  • Outline Planning Consent
  • Prior Approval
  • Reserved Matters Application
  • Listed Building Consent
  • Lawful Development Certificate (LDC)
The application types cover a wide range of possible consents and in some case you may have to apply for more than one type of consent. For example, if your property is a listed building you may have to apply for both householder planning and listed building consent.

How much does a planning application cost?

The fees associated with a planning application depends on the type and scale of the development however in England, for a typical householder application the application fee is £206. For a full application for a new single dwellinghouse in England, the cost is currently £462. No fee is currently payable for a Listed Building Application.

How long does planning permission last?

Planning permission is typically granted for three years – meaning you must make a material start on the development within that timeframe or risk having to reapply.
  Conversely, for prior approval, development must be completed within 3 years to benefit from the permission.

What services are provided by town planning consultants?

Town planning consultants provide a wide range of services, including land use planning, environmental planning, transportation planning, community engagement and consultation, urban design, and development applications.

How can a planning consultant help me with my development project?

A planning consultant can provide expert advice and guidance on matters related to planning regulations and help to facilitate the approval process, liaising with local authorities and other stakeholders.

What qualifications and experience should I look for when selecting a planning consultant?

When selecting a planning consultant, it is important to look for qualified and experienced professionals with a track record of delivering successful projects. Look for consultants with relevant qualifications and certifications, such as a degree in urban or regional planning, and accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) – look for the postnominals MRTPI.

How much does a planning consultants services cost?

The cost of a planning consultants services can vary depending on the scope and complexity of the project, as well as the level of expertise and experience of the consultant. It is important to get a detailed quote and understand the planning strategy and corresponding fee structure before confirming instruction.
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