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The value of an investment property both small and large can often be increased substantially by the intelligent alteration of the existing building to maximise its inherent value.

Today a planning application has become a complex process whether the proposal is small or large and needs to be well managed. The advice, guidance, and clear direction of our experienced team, based in Tunbridge Wells, will navigate your project, ensuring we are focused on delivering the most cost effective, viable and profitable planning solution.

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Using our practical architectural and surveying experience, compassed with our knowledge of building construction, we have been able to develop exciting and original solutions that have produced a considerable increase in the investment value.

We undertake development schemes of all sizes for clients. By understanding the clients’ strategic objectives, working with our consultants and having detailed knowledge of the geographical areas we work in, we have successfully marshalled these through the various planning stages.

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DMP galvanizes and co-ordinates our in-house team and professional services on each Planning & Development project.

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Planning Applications

Expert Guidance for Successful Planning Applications in Kent.

A planning application is a formal request submitted to the local planning authority for permission to carry out development or changes to a property or land.

This process is typically required for a wide range of construction or renovation projects, including building new structures, making significant alterations to existing buildings, changing land use, or other developments that may impact the local environment or community.

The planning application includes detailed documentation such as architectural drawings, site plans, impact assessments, and other relevant information to describe the proposed development and its potential effects.

The local planning authority evaluates the application based on factors such as zoning regulations, environmental impact, public interest, and adherence to local planning policies and guidelines. Once a decision is reached, the planning authority will issue a decision notice outlining whether the application has been approved, refused, or requires further conditions or modifications.

Master Planning

Comprehensive Master Planning for Sustainable and Cohesive Developments.

Master planning is a crucial component of large-scale developments, ensuring a cohesive and sustainable approach to land use, infrastructure, and community integration. We offer comprehensive master planning services tailored to the unique requirements of your project.

Our team of experienced architectural technicians work collaboratively with architects, planning consultants, highway specialists, and stakeholders to create a comprehensive master plan that balances your development goals with environmental considerations, local regulations, and community needs. We conduct thorough site analyses, assessing topography, existing infrastructure, and potential constraints to inform the optimal layout and design of your development.

Sustainability is at the forefront of our master planning approach. We incorporate principles of sustainable urban design, such as energy-efficient buildings, efficient transportation networks, and integrated green spaces, ensuring that your development not only meets current needs but also anticipates future challenges.

Throughout the master planning process, we maintain open communication with local authorities, community groups, and other stakeholders, ensuring that their input and concerns are addressed. This collaborative approach fosters a sense of ownership and acceptance, facilitating a smoother approval and implementation process.

With our comprehensive master planning services, you can be confident that your development project will be well-planned, cohesive, and sustainable, creating a lasting and positive impact on the community.

Design & Build Packages

Streamlined Design and Build Solutions for Efficient Project Delivery

In today’s fast-paced construction industry, efficiency and seamless integration are key to successful project delivery. At our practice in Tunbridge Wells, we offer comprehensive design and build packages, combining architectural design, engineering, and construction services into a single, streamlined solution.

Our multidisciplinary team of project managers, building surveyors, architectural technicians and engineers work in close collaboration from the outset, ensuring that your project requirements are accurately translated into a cohesive design that meets your functional, aesthetic, and budgetary needs. By integrating the design and construction phases, we eliminate the potential for miscommunication and delays that can often arise in traditional project delivery methods.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to quality, adhering to the highest industry standards and best practices. Our design and build packages are tailored to your specific needs, whether you are an individual residential client, developer, commercial landlord, institutional school or college looking to instruct a ‘one stop shop’ for design.

By choosing our design and build services, you benefit from a single point of responsibility, streamlined communication, and a seamless project delivery experience, ensuring that your vision becomes a reality with minimal disruption and maximum efficiency.

Listed Building/Conservation Area Consent

Navigating Listed Building and Conservation Area Regulations with Expertise.

Preserving the rich architectural heritage and character of listed buildings and conservation areas requires a delicate balance between preservation and modernisation. We understand the complexities involved in obtaining listed building and conservation area consent, and we are dedicated to guiding you through the process with utmost professionalism and sensitivity.

Our team of experienced surveyors and heritage consultants possess a deep understanding of the regulations and guidelines governing listed buildings and conservation areas. We work closely with local authorities, heritage bodies, and conservation officers to ensure that your proposed alterations or developments align with the preservation principles and maintain the integrity of the historic fabric.

Our services encompass a comprehensive assessment of the listed building or conservation area, identifying its significance, architectural features, and any potential constraints. We prepare detailed proposals, including drawings, specifications, and heritage impact assessments, ensuring that your project meets the highest standards of conservation practice.

Advertisement Consent

Ensuring Compliance with Advertisement Consent Regulations.

In the dynamic world of advertising and signage, staying compliant with local regulations is crucial for businesses. Our experienced team specialise in guiding clients through the process of obtaining advertisement consent, ensuring that your signage and advertising displays meet all necessary requirements while effectively promoting your brand.

Our team of experienced architectural technicians and building surveyors have an in-depth understanding of advertisement consent regulations, including permitted development rights, size restrictions, illumination guidelines, and location-specific constraints. We work closely with you to assess your advertising needs and develop a comprehensive strategy that balances visual impact with regulatory compliance.

Whether you require a simple shop sign, a large-scale billboard, or a complex digital display, we meticulously prepare and submit the necessary applications, ensuring that all required documentation, drawings, and specifications are in order. Our attention to detail and proactive approach minimise the risk of delays or rejections, allowing you to focus on your core business operations.

Throughout the consent process, we maintain open communication with local authorities and relevant stakeholders, addressing any concerns or queries that may arise. Our expertise in navigating the complexities of advertisement consent regulations enables us to provide valuable guidance and recommendations, ensuring a smooth and efficient approval process.

By partnering with our practice, you can be confident that your advertising and signage displays will not only effectively promote your brand but also comply with all relevant regulations, avoiding potential fines or legal complications.

Planning/Design & Access Statements

Crafting Compelling Planning, Design & Access and Heritage Statements for Successful Approvals.

A Planning Design and Access Statement (DAS) is a document that accompanies a planning application for a construction or development project.

It provides a comprehensive explanation of the design principles and concepts behind the proposed development, as well as how the project addresses relevant planning policies and regulations. The DAS outlines the design rationale, the site context, the proposed land use, and how the development will provide access for all users, including those with disabilities. It also demonstrates how the proposed development will integrate with the surrounding area and how it addresses any potential impact on the environment and heritage assets.

The purpose of the DAS is to provide planning authorities with a clear understanding of the design and access aspects of the proposed development, helping them to make informed decisions during the planning process.

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