IPS Leads Architects Briefing Events

Throughout the new year, IPS have been sharing our experiences of the planning system with our architect colleagues in a series of informal seminars.

The presentations covered a wide variety of topics, of specific relevance to architectural practice. This included the general permitted Development Order (GPDO) and changes to the prior approvals for both barn conversions and for home owners.

The team also highlighted the current pressures which many local planning authorities are facing, with high turnover of staff, changes to development management teams and the varying quality of consultee responses received. There is a need for clear and precise information in all application submission material. This includes Design and Access Statements which provide a framework for applicants to explain how a proposed development is a suitable response to the site and its setting, explaining the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development and how the relevant planning policy context has been taken into account.

The new National Design Guide and associated planning practice guidance was highlighted. The discussion also included changes to the NPPF, including the housing delivery test aimed at including housing delivery across the country and new mechanisms in an attempt to enforce this.

We are happy to share our expertise and knowledge and discuss any training requirements with our colleagues and clients alike. We actively encourage and develop stronger working relationships with our colleagues from different areas of expertise. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel we can be of assistance to you in this area or for an informal discussion regarding how we could work together.