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Planning Process

How to submit a Planning Application

What is the Planning process?

The Government and Mayor for London have set out many aims and strategic policies for London’s and the UK's future respectively. One of which is to make planning process easier and more transparent. Unfortunately this are still a long way away from reality.

Drawing and Planning are here to make the planning process Stress-free , cost effective and an overall positive experience. We have broken down the planning process by dividing the process up into four stages. These Stages are seen here below:


Drawing and Planning receives enquiries from clients to see if they can extend or convert their premises. We are sure that you understand there are many planning guidelines and laws connected with your proposed development.

Therefore, the first stage of the planning process is to determine if the proposals are feasible. We conduct a FREE Feasibility Survey into our clients' proposals to determine whether they are likely to gain planning permission.

Drawing and Planning will consider matters such as:

  • Determining your Permitted Development Rights (Under The Town And Country Planning Order 2008)
  • The potential for development under Full Planning Permission
  • Local Authority Regulations, Policies and Targets
  • Local Precedent (if any)
  • Conservation area Restrictions
  • Neighbours objections
  • and more

A feasibility survey will enable us to get an idea of the limitations to your development. With this we will be able to offer you expert advise on how to proceed and succesfully attain planning permission.

Feel free to browse our site for planning guidelines and regulations or contact our consultants as we are here to make the planning process an easy and positive experience for you.


When Drawing and Planning have determined your development to be feasible, one of our consultants will visit your property at a time that suits you and discuss your project further. Alternatively you may choose to come meet us at our offices to discuss your proposals and see similar projects we have got planning for in the past.

When it is agreed what works and improvements are to be included in the planning application, Drawing and Planning will prepare a formal quotation including all the stages for your application, a timescale and a payment schedule.

Once Drawing and Planning have been instructed, one of our architects will carry out a full site survey, measuring, photographing and inspecting your property's Structural features.

Speak to our planning consultants today about organising your site survey


After the site survey is carried out Drawing and Planning will prepare your Planning Drawings. although the drawings that are required vary between each project, they will mostly require the following drawings:

Planning Drawings (Existing):

  • Front Elevation
  • Rear Elevation
  • Side Elevations
  • Floor Plans
  • Roof Plan
  • Site plan

Planning Drawings (Proposed):

  • Front Elevation
  • Rear Elevation
  • Side Elevations
  • Floor Plans
  • Roof Plan
  • Site plan

Once these architectural drawings have been completed you will receive a proof copy which will need your approval. Any changes you wish to make must take place at this stage.

Once the drawings have been adjusted, approved and paid for, we will then advance to the next stage.


Once you are happy to proceed, your application can be submitted.

An application will require:

  • The Original and 3 copies of a completed and dated application form.
  • The Original and 3 copies of the plan which identifies the land to which the application relates drawn to an identified scale and showing the direction of North
  • The original and 3 copies of other plans and drawings or information necessary to describe the subject of the application
  • The Correct Council Fee
  • The original and 3 copies of a design and access statement
  • The original and 3 copies of the completed, dated ownership certificate
  • The original and 3 copies of the completed, dated Article 7 Certificate

Drawing and Planning will prepare all copies of these documents and drawings for you, and then submit the application on your behalf.

Speak to our planning consultants today about your planning permission application submission.

Once your plans of development have been analyzed and deemed feasible, you will then move into step two of the planning process, which is the site survey. During this stage of the process, a consultant will visit the location where the development is set to go underway. A time and a date that adheres to your schedule for the visit will be agreed upon, prior to the consultant being dispatched to the location.

Once you and the consultant have reached an agreement on how you would like the development to go underway, and what improvements you would like to achieve with the development than a formal quote for the development will be given. The quote will review over all of the stages of the planning application, as well as give you an expected timescale of when you can expect to move to the next stage in the process.

A payment schedule will also be agreed upon at this point. Aside from crunching some numbers and going over what is going to happen to the property being developed, an architect will measure the area that is being developed; inspect all of the structures of the property, as well as photograph where the development is going to take place. The site survey is an essential component of the planning process.