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Planning Advice


Residential & Commercial 

SureMountain offer planning advice to clients in relation to residential and commercial properties, whether it is for a new build, extensions or significant alterations. Planning applications will normally be decided in accordance with the development plan. Obviously we can work with you on such plans as you will need to justify any proposals to authorities prior to construction.


Planning permission transforms the value of land and gives you the ability to create development opportunities. It can be a long, painful and risky business fraught with hassle and uncertainty but the potential gain usually massively outweighs the pain. You need to have an understanding of the planning process because having the right permission is the only way you will be able to build the house of your dreams.


We can have an informal discussion with you before you submit an application and do some prior assessments including a basic site analysis and development opportunities.


Level of Preparation

The level of preparation required depends on what you propose to do, the scale of the development and the location. In simple cases it should be sufficient to look at the main issues governing the grant of permission and decide which of these are relevant to your application. We can help you communicate the benefits of your planning proposal and why you think your proposed development should be allowed to go ahead.


Like any process, planning has its own rules but they are particularly unpredictable, open to interpretation and capable of being variable! Unlike building regulations, planning regulations are not hard and fast and they differ from one area of the country to the next, where local politics plays its part in disrupting progression.


Sector Experience

We can help you with the planning associated with residential, commercial and industrial.








Local Rules


Why Have Pre-Application Advice?

Planning decision making requires the interpretation of national and local planning policies by individual planning officers and by committees. The scope for inconsistencies between planners even in one authority is quite high and between different authorities is huge. With this in mind if you’re in the process of designing your dream home or even extending and refurbishing one, a flexible and pragmatic approach is certainly required.


You may find that planning is not required at all and if there are approaches that can be taken to avoid planning we will advise accordingly.


SureMountain can offer pre-application advice to:


  • Verify the list of local requirements each planning authority can require and national requirements.
  • Reduce the likelihood of submitting invalid applications.
  • Help you understand how planning policies and other requirements affect your proposals.
  • Decipher development plan policies, so you avoid looking for a building plot that will not be granted permission.
  • Guide design changes to increase the chances of planning success.

Property Advice

SureMountain offer pre-application advice for the following property applications:

  • New dwellings.
  • Householder extensions and alterations.
  • Changes of use.
  • Industrial / commercial / retail development.
  • Listed building alterations and extensions.


Assessment Advice

As part of the discussions with SureMountain you should be fully prepared to describe your proposals and show plans if you have them so we can:

  • Assess whether there seems a reasonable chance of getting permission.
  • Discuss potential site problems such as roads, footpaths, power cables, watercourses, sewers and telephone lines.
  • Assess potential problems such as noise and traffic and whether the authorities may impose conditions to overcome these problems rather than refuse planning permission.

If you have a plan or not get in touch with SureMountain!

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