Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

On the verge of a great step forward

  • Comment

I read with interest Brian Waters' article outlining the contents of a recent Arup report on planning fees and services (AJ 26.2.04). As Waters suggests, the processing of applications through a preferred authority or certified private consultancy, as now happens with Building Regulations submissions, may be a great step forward.

We operate a 'partnering' arrangement with Birmingham Building Control, whereby we have a handshake agreement that we will submit all of our Building Regulations applications across the country through Birmingham. The result is that we have a single point of contact for all our submissions regardless of size or location. We have preapplication advice on tap, our applications are dealt with much more speedily than in the past, and when problems are encountered the surveyor works positively to help us solve them.

Although development control is, of course, subject to much more variation from authority to authority than building control, due in part to the differing demands and constraints in each local authority's development plans, our partnering experience for Building Regulations applications suggests that something similar would be of great benefit to us and our clients.

Our ongoing dealings with a notoriously poorly performing London planning authority reinforce this view.We have submitted a mixed-use scheme for planning approval, costing our client £22,000 in application fees. However, the service our client has received for this notinconsiderable fee has been appalling - for example, two months to merely register a planning application! A healthy dose of competition has to be the way to sort out this kind of extremely poor service.

Ian Allerston, Daniel Hurd Associates, Birmingham

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs

AJ Jobs