Getting the right advice, from the start...

Our approach at The Rural Planning Co, is to give you the best advice from the outset. We like to proactively plan a strategy for our applications, and make sure that when we are submitting an application, it really does have the best chance of success, because we have planned and prepared for it. 

At the start of the process it is essential to get good advice from the outset, so you can plan, get the strategy right and make sure you approach the application from the right angle. We charge upfront advice at 50% of our normal hourly rate, so we can spend time with you, understanding your objectives, appraising the site and giving you upfront recommendations, to start you off on the right foot. 

If your project moves forwards, we are generally then able to take most of that initial fee off your application fixed fee as we have done that element of work. If your project goes no further, you have had good advice from the start. As well as enabling us to help you with some early advice and strategy, it also gives us the opportunity to advise you if something isn't going to be successful, and avoids you committing to larger amounts of cost on the application, if it isn't going to work. 

Our initial approach to dealing with all new planning enquiries, is to get everyone booked into an initial free consultation. You can book this online on the home page of this website, or contact us by telephone. Following that, we may then recommend some additional upfront research and / or a site visit. 

Upfront advice

We can normally do this at a fixed fee of between £150 and £375 depending on whether you require a site visit, and depending on the complexity of your enquiry. (Costs are plus VAT).

It can be used as a standalone service and there is no obligation to go any further afterwards – you can take it at your own pace! Our upfront advice will generally encompass:

a) Research of the site

    This includes researching the relevant landscape and heritage designations, flood risk, highways, planning precedent and policy

b) Appraisal of the site and project

    This includes an appraisal of whether the principle of your proposal will be acceptable as a result of the research undertaken, whether there are any deal breakers and what will be the major (if any) issues and concerns to deal with.     We also give a 'traffic light' appraisal of likely chance of success. 

c) Recommending the next steps, timescales and costs

    We will recommend to you whether to proceed or not, or if any additional technical work should be done prior to proceeding with an application. We will tell you what the next steps are, how much everything will cost and how long     it will take.

We report this back to you during the site visit where appropriate, or via a video or call set up. 


Site Appraisal Service

If you are in the position where you are looking for a site, you may find our ‘Site Appraisal Service’ useful. This is specifically designed for people who are looking for sites, and need to know if they are likely to get planning permission before they purchase the property. The service can be enormously helpful in filtering out sites which are ‘no go’s’ at the start, potentially saving you buying a site which you cannot use it for the intended purpose.

The normal cost of this service is £375 plus VAT, but we can quote you during the Initial Free Consultation. It is a standalone service and there is no obligation to go any further afterwards. As a desktop exercise our Site Appraisal service will do three things:

a) Research the site

     This includes researching the relevant landscape and heritage designations, flood risk, highways, planning precedent and policy

b) Appraise the site and project

     This includes an appraisal of whether the principle of your proposal will be acceptable as a result of the research undertaken, whether there are any deal breakers and what will be the major (if any) issues and concerns to deal with.     We also give a 'traffic light' appraisal of likely chance of success.

c) Recommend how likely you are to get planning consent, what the risks are and any additional diligence you should do prior to purchase.

    We will recommend if any additional technical work should be done prior to proceeding with your purchase.