We believe it important to offer a high quality independent planning and development service that includes:
Town Planning Guidance
The main legal procedures for dealing with planning applications (in Scotland) are set through the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 together with the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 and the Town and Country Planning (Hierarchy of Developments) (Scotland) Regulations 2009. The legal process is then further supported by a raft of Planning Circulars and Planning Advice Notes on matters ranging from Masterplanning to Environmental Impact Assessments.
Planning Strategy & Development Appraisal
Prior to the outlay of costs by any client we believe it important to give all clients an open and honest assessment on the prospects of achieving planning permission. This will include identifying constraints and opportunities, applying the planning policy context and advising on the best approach for obtaining planning permission should we deem it worthy of pursuing.
Filling out a planning application form is a simple process but the management of the wider process and co-ordination of supporting documentation is not always so straight forward. Ferguson Planning has vast experience in the successful management, submission and negotiation of all the relevant planning application types. We often would take the lead role in managing other specialist inputs required; including Architects, Urban Designers, Transport Planners, Environment Consultants, Planning Lawyers.
While we strive to achieve planning permission via the normal application process sometimes it is not always possible. Should this be the case we can advise clients on the prospects of achieving planning permission by way of planning appeal. Should the client wish to proceed with the appeal we can guide and represent the client during the appeal process be that by Written Submission, Hearing, or Public Inquiry.
Development Plan Representations
The planning system seeks pro-active and early engagement on development proposals and asks that, where possible, landowners and developers engage in the consultation process related to Strategic and Local Development Plans. We have vast experience in consulting with Local Authorities and making representations to Development Plans. It is vital that an informed and clear case is put forward for the reallocation of land uses. Engaging in the Development Plan process and achieving a successful outcome can provide greater certainty to the developer on receiving planning permission and can often shorten the time period the Local Authority takes in determining the relevant application.
Ferguson Planning are often asked to assist in bringing project teams together and to lead the overall project management through the planning process. We believe in using consultants that we have worked with in the past and have a strong track record in delivering an excellent service to the client. As project managers we always seek to ensure that all complex development matters are addressed and that we work with local authorities to ensure they have all the necessary information required prior to determination of any planning application.
Public Sector Studies & Research
We have detailed experience in undertaking public sector studies and research. Particularly with regard to town centre regeneration and retail capacity studies.
Planning applications that have been categorised as being ‘Major’ (eg. over 2 Ha or 50 houses) require a formal public consultation exercise to be undertaken and which must inform part of the overall planning application package. Ferguson Planning has taken the lead role in many major planning applications and in the running of public consultation events that seeks to provide local communities with greater detail on the proposed development and to answer any questions they may have.