Master Planning and Development Briefs

Sanderson Weatherall’s Planning Department is experienced in working within multi-disciplinary teams in master planning sites and preparing development briefs.  This can relate to sites that are being promoted through the plan-making process or sites that are already earmarked for development by either allocation or planning permission.  This work is therefore done on behalf of both private sector clients and local planning authorities.

Planning and Development Services include:

• Coordinating the work of other technical specialists – defining the requirements in terms of consultants, editing any technical assessments undertaken to inform the proposals and communicating the constraints and opportunities to the entire design team; • Identification of key planning policies to inform development concepts and parameters;

• Evaluation of relevant design guidance against national policy to inform the design team;

• Identification of key master plan parameters such as local authority open space standards, car parking requirements and education authority pupil product ratios and the like;

• Arranging design workshops and acting as facilitators at such events; and

• Undertaking presentations at public meetings including briefings to Parish, District and County councillors.

The Planning department is flexible such it can also provide in-house design advice, if required, through Sanderson Weatherall’s Architecture Department.  Alternatively we are experienced in working with external architects, master planners and urban designers in developing both conceptual visions and detailed design responses.

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We provide a complete planning service to a range of private and public sector clients including property owners, occupiers, developers, investors, institutions and local planning authorities in the residential, commercial, renewables, leisure and agricultural sectors. Our advice is based on extensive knowledge of the ever-complex and fast-changing UK planning system.  This enables us to provide bespoke and cost-effective advice at all stages of development from project inception, spatial master planning to negotiating final project delivery. We pride ourselves on always offering one principal point of contact which means our advice is always consistent and provided in a timely manner.  It also means that each member of our team embraces responsibility.  Our collaborative way of working with other technical specialists means we are experts at finding solutions to assist in unlocking latent value. The Planning Process   The basis for decision making is set out on planning legislation, that is, “if regard is to be had to the development plan for the purposes of any determination to be made under the Planning Acts the determination must be made in accordance with the plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise". We apply this approach to each of our planning services.  Our Services We offer the following services: • Planning Strategy Formulation • Planning Appraisals • Planning Applications & Appeals • Community & Stakeholder Engagement • Environmental Impact Assessment • Planning Obligation Negotiation • Land Promotion • Policy Representations • Monitoring Services • Master Planning & Development Briefs • Due Diligence   Contact Us

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