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Established in 2001, Plan Research is an independent consultancy offering advice and support from chartered professionals on all aspects of town and country planning in England, including:

  • Planning applications
  • Enforcement issues
  • Pre-application advice
  • Certificates of lawfulness
  • Appeals against refusal of planning permission
  • Conservation areas and listed building consents
  • Design and Access statements
  • Green travel plans
  • Community planning and neighbourhood engagement
  • Planning appraisals

Approval for new build house outside development envelope

Another Plan Research planning application success! This time it's for a new build house in the countryside, near Ventnor. Our client can now move this caravan and start building the house of their dreams.


Relaxing permitted development rules on house extensions

Our urban areas have seen a loss of green garden space, where people have paved their front gardens to create car parking areas. Now, the Government proposes that householders could have much larger extensions without needing to apply for planning permission. Currently the average house can have a permitted development extension of three to four metres at the rear. But the Government in their proposals to ease planning restrictions have suggested that this could increase to eight metres.

The National Planning Policy Framework and house building in the countryside

After having spent all of my working life with PPG's and PPS's, we now have to throw all of our town planning policy guidance into the recycling bin. Instead, all Government policy is contained within 59 pages of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). I do not imagine that the Government will stick to having all of its policy being contained within just 59 pages. I suspect that over time we will have additional guidance to fill some of the gaps that emerge following the withdrawal of ministerial advice on policy and procedure.

Training on the planning system

Following on from their successful Conference about the new planning legislation, held in Newport on 26th November last year, the Island branch of CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) and IWALC (IW Association of Local Councils) have co-sponsored a set of follow-up training evenings around the Isle of Wight.

Training on the planning systemCPRE/NALC training on the planning system in Bembridge

The training covered the Localism Act, neighbourhood plans and commenting on planning applications. Members of the general public and local councillors went away with a greater understanding of the planning system, and the effect that the recent changes will have. Over 90 delegates attended the events.

Martha James of Plan Research led the training with Estelle Thomas of the Rural Community Council.

Special offer - One hour of advice for just £50!

We know that some of our clients need an answer to a specific town planning query, but do not always want to engage a consultant to manage the whole case on their behalf. It is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain advice from Local Authorities on planning matters. Some authorities now even charge a fee for informal pre-application discussions.

Community planning and the Localism Act

On Saturday 26th November, Martha James MRTPI helped organise a conference for CPRE and IWALC on the planning system post Localism Act. The event was attended by over one hundred people, including Andrew Turner MP, County Councillors, representatives of non-profit organisations and interested members of the public.

Training on the Localism Act

In the morning session Martha spoke about how to make effective comments on planning applications. In the afternoon Martha facilitated a workshop using a fictitious application for Bembridge Windmill as an example, which despite vocal objections received planning permission.

Throughout February CPRE and IWALC are organising a series of evening training events. Martha James will be speaking about the Localism Act, including neighbourhood planning. She will also be facilitating further workshops about how to make your voice heard in the planning system.

Planning the Jimi Hendrix Memorial Garden

Here's a video about a planning case that made national news, now successfully resolved with our expert advice!

Winning a planning appeal against a "Garden Grabbing" refusal

Martha James MRTPI discusses a recent successful appeal against a Local Authority refusal of planning permission with client Mr. Watts. The local authority had tried to prevent the construction of a house on the basis that it represented "garden grabbing". The Planning Inspectorate overturned the refusal after Plan Research helped with an appeal.

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