SDA Architecture under the watchful eye from their Director of Planning - Katie Lewis-Pierpoint offers an extensive range of planning services to the private and public sectors. Our experience and knowledge within Town Planning means we can provide the right advice for any type of planning project, whether commercial retail or developing within the green belt.
THE SDA APPROACH
Our approachable and experienced team comprised of Chartered architects, designers, and technicians, who offer a comprehensive design service including site layout, analysis and pre-acquisition advice. Our national experience of retail and town centre planning means we are well positioned to apply leading specialist technical advice at a local level; where our planning expertise and strong local knowledge help shape and deliver retail, commercial and leisure developments. Our team provides high quality economic, town planning and regeneration services to the public, private and third sectors and specialise in translating research and analysis into effective planning advice.
UNDERSTANDING PLANNING HERITAGE
Our heritage team consists of designers, consultants and historic building experts who work across all schemes involving the historic environment. EIA is a complex area and our experts have the right depth and breadth of experience for screening, scoping, managing, and contributing to the EIA process along with preparing Environmental Statements.
We offer a comprehensive service from initial feasibility studies and desktop surveys, client representation and project negotiations with the local planning authorities, to producing detailed architectural drawings and robust planning support statements for formal submission.
We are committed to providing professional, realistic, objective and effective planning advice, strategies and solutions.
Our planning team provide expert advice on the following services:
- Statutory Applications and Appeals
- Urban and Rural Developments & Redevelopments
- Barn Conversions
- Private Domestic Extensions
- Planning Appeal Services
- Conservation Area Proposals
- Development Appraisals
- Town Centre Developments & Redevelopments
- Lawful Use Certificates
- Strategic Housing Developments
- Enforcement Cases
- Affordable Housing
- Commercial Developments
- Retail, Leisure and Hospitality
At SDA we have extensive experience of preparing all types of planning applications and delivering planning permission consents on sensitive sites both urban and rural, that include private home extensions, barn conversions, loft and garage conversions and larger residential, retail, leisure and commercial developments.
As a multi-skilled planning consultancy we have experts in all areas of planning and deliver a comprehensive range of planning and complementary services nationally for the private and public sectors.
Our approach allows us to offer you the right blend of expertise to make sure your application and strategic preferments are well considered, best prepared and effectively presented for ease of understanding. With our understanding of planning policy and procedures, along with excellent working knowledge of how local authorities operate, we can provide you with a successful outcome.
Our commitment to a creative, collaborative and commercial way of working enables Boyer to meet and exceed your expectations.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Planning Applications
- S106 negotiations
- Public Inquiries and Hearings
- Strategic communications advice
- Strategic planning advice
- Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and Heritage advice
- Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
- Planning and development appraisals
- DCO, Energy and Infrastructure
- Urban Regeneration
- Evidence Base
- Office to residential development
- Expert witness
- Site appraisal
Good design is a crucial part of the planning process and helps to increase the chances of a successful result. Visually illustrating projects allows the development benefits to be effectively communicated and encourages trust and engagement between clients and local residents during consultation.
Our responsive and experienced team comprises of designers and technicians whose experience spans across many sectors including residential, commercial, energy from waste, mixed uses, urban extensions, settlements and masterplans.
Our expertise includes site identification, analysis and pre-acquisition advice, viability /capacity studies, strategic promotions, development frameworks, production of Design Codes, master planning, outline and full planning applications and appeals, ‘reserved matters’ schemes, 3D Modelling, community engagement and heritage assessments.
By working closely with other specialists we offer a comprehensive, collaborative and creative service to clients which brings together a much deeper understanding of the issues at hand along with solutions that meet your requirements.
DESIGN TEAM SERVICES
- Site Capacity / feasibility studies
- Concept Sketch Schemes
- Production of Development Framework Documents
- Character Studies
- Creation of Pattern Books
- Creation of Design Codes
- Urban Design
- Design of Public Exhibition Material
- Design and submission of Outline applications (no limit on size)
- Design and submission of Reserved Matters or Full Planning Applications (again no limit on size)
- Three dimensional CGI modelling
- Expert Design Advice
Our heritage team consists of designers, consultants and historic building experts who work across all schemes involving the historic environment.
CONSERVING OUR HERITAGE
We have significant experience in safeguarding the natural beauty, historic monuments, and traditional cities. We are not only responsible for protection and preservation but also strengthen development, support regeneration, increase prosperity, create liveability and enhance appearance. This allows us to provide you with a range of services including heritage appraisals, historic building analysis, pre-application advice, historic characterisation studies and impact assessments.
Our team adopt a collaborative approach, making sure we work closely with designers, architects and other key stakeholders, including conservation officers, Historic England, CADW and local residents, as well as providing detailed examination of historic environment records and contextual character.
This ensures that the significance of the heritage asset can be properly understood at an early stage and allows schemes to be best designed to avoid and mitigate the potential harm caused to the historic environment.
By working closely with our other specialists we offer a comprehensive and collaborative service to clients which bring together a much deeper understanding of the issues at hand along with solutions that meet your requirements.
HERITAGE & CONSERVATION SERVICES
- Character assessments
- Heritage statements, including assessment of significance and setting
- Advice on design response and mitigation
- Client representations and discussions with LPAs
- Submission of LBC applications
- Appeals (written representations/informal hearings)
- Conservation area appraisals and other guidance documents
- Heritage asset management plans
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a complex area and our experts have the right depth and breadth of experience for screening, scoping, coordinating, and contributing to the whole EIA process. We understand how to apply legislation, case law and best practice, ensuring you receive the best advice and service possible.
Our approach to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is pragmatic, well considered and realistic. We focus on what needs to be done, and tailor our approach to fit the specific circumstances, project and client requirements.
ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE
As a practice we represent organisations in both the private and public sectors. Our local authority work allows us to build relationships within the organisations and understand the requirements of both officers and members from an EIA perspective. This experience in turn helps inform our work for private clients in scoping submissions on their behalf and in taking EIA schemes through the planning process.
As corporate members of IEMA, we keep abreast with new and emerging legislation and practice. Our team of experts have experience of the DCO process in respect of major infrastructure and energy schemes, as well as more regular Schedule 2 developments.
By working closely with our other specialists we offer a comprehensive and collaborative service to clients which bring together a much deeper understanding of the issues at hand along with solutions that meet your needs.
ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY SERVICES
- Pre-Planning Site Analysis and Project Risk Assessment
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening and Scoping Reports
- Project Programme Development and Assurance
Specialist Team Assembly (from our network of approved and trusted suppliers)
- EIA Project Management and Coordination
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Compliance Review and Audit of Documentation
- Environmental Statement and Report Production
- Sustainability Reporting
- Socio-economic Impact Assessment
- Waste & Construction Environmental Management Plans
- Geographic Information System (GIS) Analysis
- Negotiation of Environmental Planning Conditions