The process of getting planning permission comes with an indelible reputation for bureaucracy, endless hoop jumping and fickle planning officers who will approve or reject seemingly arbitrarily. Before you embark on the process, this can feel daunting with a minefield of policy, tick-boxes, application forms and neighbour approval standing between you and your dream log home. And while it is possible to negotiate this process yourself, there are benefits to using a professional planning consultant who will take the guesswork out of the process, ensure things proceed smoothly and could well end up actually saving you money in the long run.
We spoke to Lyndsey Fisher, Planning Technician and Richard Corbett, Partner, both at Roger Parry & Partners - a local planning consultants we have worked with on several projects in the past, to get an insider’s take on what the planning process is really like.
Please note, British Log Cabins and Roger Parry & Partners are in no way associated other than via a number of past projects for mutual clients. We have also successfully worked with other planning consultants so this article is intended for information purposes only and is not a direct recommendation of or on behalf of Roger Parry & Partners. There are many other professional planning consultants up and down the country and we always recommend doing your own personal & local research before engaging any professional person or organisation, or parting with any money.
Lyndsey, Richard - what are your professional backgrounds and how did you get into planning?
Richard - I have been working in planning for over 15 years, specialising in Rural Diversification and the associated planning consents. As a partner at the company, I run the team here and like to think of myself as something of a specialist in problem solving! I love finding solutions to helping clients achieve what they would like on their land.
Lyndsey - I have always loved the countryside and rural affairs, particularly rural tourism. This led me to move into rural planning around three years ago. I have successfully gained planning for tourism sites all over the country including log cabins, hobbit houses, farm shops and glamping sites