Planning problems

Our client had waited since last November to go in for planning, and eventually after a redesign and new application, the client was invited to go to a planning committee meeting. At the meeting, he had to sit outside the room as there wasn’t enough space for him and they didn’t hear what he had to say because there wasn’t time.

It’s such a shame that things like this can happen because Milton Keynes planning department have improved so much when it comes to smaller ‘run-of-the-mill’ applications such as extensions for example, but when it comes to anything involving new housing, infill or listed buildings it seems much more arduous.

This is what Building Tectonics do, we deal with this sort of application and process all of the time, but with a 96% success rate in the smaller works applications, we usually get there in the end.

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Planning problems

Our client had waited since last November to go in for planning, and eventually after a redesign and new application, the client was invited to go to a planning committee meeting. At the meeting, he had to sit outside the room as there wasn’t enough space for him and they didn’t hear what he had to say because there wasn’t time.

It’s such a shame that things like this can happen because Milton Keynes planning department have improved so much when it comes to smaller ‘run-of-the-mill’ applications such as extensions for example, but when it comes to anything involving new housing, infill or listed buildings it seems much more arduous.

This is what Building Tectonics do, we deal with this sort of application and process all of the time, but with a 96% success rate in the smaller works applications, we usually get there in the end.

Success rate

One of the first things new clients ask us is how successful we are at getting planning approvals.

Other new clients can sometimes come to us because they have been clever enough to check out the planning permission success rates of architects, and architectural consultants in Milton Keynes themselves. When they do, they can see that our success rate is pretty good, and probably better than the competition.

One of our new clients had really done their homework – they told us that over the past 7 years, 96% of our domestic clients who have instructed us to apply for planning permission received a planning approval. Yes, 96%! Even we were astonished when we found out. You may be forgiven for thinking that we must only take on the easy projects, or that all of our projects are hidden away in back gardens, but no. We design quite a few front extensions for instance, and in some cases, other practices have tried and failed to obtain planning permission before us.

So what’s the secret?

Quite honestly, we do not know. It is not because Milton Keynes council are a pushover as they can be as picky as the next council, but we think it is partially because we put our schemes together with care.

Occasionally, we tell clients that what they are asking for is likely to be controversial and we try to steer them towards something more acceptable, we are pleased to say that in most cases they listen. Most clients are reasonable, and so usually with a little compromise we can successfully guide them through the process. It is important to us that what we do looks good, whether it is a back extension, a side extension, a side extension, a front extension or a dormer window. Basically, a bit of care with the design clearly pays off.

96 percent success rate

Written by Tony Keller – Building Tectonics Ltd.