We at Sterling Town Planning are a young, friendly and dynamic consultancy with extensive experience in the fields of Planning and Development. We pride ourselves on our significant knowledge and expertise, as our staff have previously been employed as Planning and Enforcement Officers in a number of Councils across London. As a result, we know the most effective way of helping you with your Planning and Enforcement related matters.
If you require help or advice on a Planning or Enforcement matter, then please complete our online enquiry form on the contact us page and a member of our team will be in touch to obtain more details from you. Alternatively, you can call us seven days a week. We will then provide initial free, non-obligatory advice to give you a clear understanding of how to overcome your specific Planning or Enforcement issue and how we can assist you in achieving this.
We are a friendly, approachable firm that takes pride in providing honest advice and innovative solutions to our clients. We also believe that everyone deserves expert planning advice, and we take pride in helping our clients every step of the way. Our staff have previously been employed as Planning and Enforcement Officers in a number of Councils across London and as such, we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge, expertise and experience.
Area of Business
Our key services include guidance on Local Authority Planning Policy, Planning Enforcement Appeals and obtaining Planning Permissions as well as creating the drawings and plans for submission. We pride ourselves in providing our expertise in a cost efficient and timely manner for the following services:
A professionally prepared application supported by a Planning Statement, a Design and Access Statement and skilful negotiation based on knowledge of the planning issues is in an applicant's best interest. We co-ordinate and submit applications on behalf of residential and commercial clients. We also specialise in Lawful Development applications for existing and proposed development.
We advise clients on whether or not to appeal and deal with all aspects of the appeal process by Written Representation or Hearing. We have handled a sizeable appeal caseload on behalf of a wide range of clients and we achieve an excellent success rate.
Professional advice can safeguard both businesses and individuals from the serious implications of enforcement action. A negotiated solution can often be found. We are experienced in all aspects of enforcement work, including enforcement appeals. It is imperative to respond immediately if enforcement action is taken.
Drawings and Plans for Submission
We offer clients an in-house architectural and design service covering the full range from domestic extensions, flat conversions, changes of use, vehicular crossovers, housing layouts to commercial design. It enables us to identify design solutions to planning problems.
Design and Access Statements
A design and access statement is a report accompanying and supporting a planning application. A design and access statement should explain the design principles and concepts that have been applied to particular aspects of the proposal - these are the amount, layout, scale, landscaping and appearance of the development.
Permitted Development Advice
You can make certain types of minor changes to your house without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called "permitted development rights". They derive from a general planning permission granted by Parliament. Bear in mind that the permitted development rights which apply to many common projects for houses do not apply to flats, maisonettes or other buildings. For peace of mind you may choose to apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (see opposite).
Lawful Development Certificates
While it should be possible in most cases to decide whether or not a proposed project qualifies as permitted development there will inevitably be instances where the decision is less clear cut. For peace of mind you may choose to apply for a Lawful Development Certificate. This option is well worth considering even if you are sure your project is permitted development. If you should later want to sell your property a Lawful Development Certificate may be helpful to answer queries raised by potential buyers or their legal representatives.
Appraisal and Feasibility Assessment
Expert assessment of development potential is essential for landowners, homeowners and anyone with an interest in the development process. We can identify site constraints and opportunities and apply the relevant planning policy context. We can link planning appraisals, where necessary, with surveying, architectural and other professional advice.
We aim to be very transparent with our fee structure. All projects are on a fixed fee basis, and invoiced stage-by-stage. There will never be any nasty surprises like photocopying charges, mileage allowance or additional hours. What you see on a Sterling Town Planning quote is what you pay and we can guarantee ours will be competitive and reflective of the work being undertaken. We believe in clear, simple billing for all our clients.