Seek A Consultant for The LPA Process

Seek A Consultant for The LPA Process

Your business is expanding, and you’ve discovered your ideal plot of land. Congratulations. And now you need a Consultant.

You know that’s the easy stage over, don’t you?

The next step is to contact the LPA, the Local Planning Authority. No substantial work can take place until the LPA are involved. Throughout the design and build process they will need to be consulted to ensure that everything is carried out correctly.


Seek professional commercial property advice

Whilst seeking the assistance of a commercial property consultant doesn’t guarantee a smooth design and build experience, it can make it a lot less stressful. Every member of management should have an adequate understanding of the LPA procedures and requirements and who knows these better than a consultant like John Parkinson?

A key member of Thames Valley Business Advisors, he has forty years of experience in property construction and development in the UK and overseas. John managed and owned a construction and development company for 25 years and he has witnessed the highs and lows, obstacles and critical factors in commercial property. His focus is on guiding entrepreneurs, SME’s and corporations across the Thames Valley, London and the south east through the LPA process or to manage it on their behalf, liaising with the LPA.

The LPA process is a four step one:

  • Contact the LPA for guidance and information about the application process.
  • Submit an outline or full application with the appropriate fee and supporting paperwork.
  • Supply any missing documents which are necessary to validate the application.
  • Wait for the LPA to acknowledge the valid application.

The LPA consider the application with the Planning Officer or committee.

  • It will be approved or denied.
  • An approval allows the company to proceed. If conditions are made as part of the approval, these must be adhered to.
  • A denial can be appealed with the Secretary of State.
  • An application may be scrapped and restarted.

The timescale

An application must be considered valid before it can be reviewed, this includes a completed form, supporting documents to meet national and local codes, plus the fee. Smaller projects can be reviewed within 3-5 days and large projects should take 10 days or less.

  • When validation is given the LPA must publish details of the application in the public domain.
  • A notice or notices are placed on site or adjacent to it to inform neighbouring property owners of the plan to build.
  • People can raise concerns during the planning process.
  • Even parties who are not directly involved or affected have the right to offer feedback.
  • When the application has been fully reviewed, including the above public oriented stages, it will be approved or denied.

Please don’t try to handle the project alone, a design and build LPA conversant consultant will be happy to explain how plans can be revised or dismissed bearing in mind the authority being applied to.

Seeking advice from a leading commercial property consultant is one of the best decisions you can make at this stage in expansion.

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