Apex Planning Chain link fence

Planning enforcement action

24th January 2020

When planning rules are not followed carefully, the threat of enforcement from the council can be alarming. Apex Planning Consultants explains how it works… In our last blog of 2019, we looked at some of the successful cases that we have dealt with. Here in the first blog of 2020, let’s look again at one…

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Apex successful 2019

Another successful year for Apex

24th December 2019

It’s been a busy – but successful – year for us here at Apex Planning Consultants. Here we have selected just some of our resolved cases, to demonstrate the breadth of planning services that we can help our clients with… Residential Development A development of 68 flats We were recommended to the developer by chartered…

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Apex Ancient Woodland

Planning terms made easy

29th November 2019

Do you know your brownfield from your greenfield and why a building is listed? Follow our simple guide to some of the key planning terms and all will become clear! Affordable housing These homes include social rented, affordable rented, intermediate and shared ownership housing that can be available for either sale or rent, and offer…

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Planning

Let’s talk about planning – Conservative Party Conference

14th October 2019

It’s conference season and, aside from the obvious, planning was a hot topic at the Conservative Party Conference. Let’s see what was on the agenda… Party conferences are rich fodder for anyone interested in what might be on the horizon for the planning arena. For a start, it’s worth taking a look to see what…

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Apex Planning for Wildlife

Walk on the wild side – planning for wildlife

23rd September 2019

New planning guidance encourages developers to consider the smallest of local residents in its plans, as new rules recommend ways to help local wildlife… Hedgehog highways, frog bridges and even bat bridges – these are the considerations developers are being called to look at if they want to lessen the impact on local wildlife. Former…

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Planning Permission on Farmland

Do you need planning permission for farm buildings?

14th August 2019

Farms may have acres of land to play with, but they are still subject to planning regulations… Continuing our easy-guides to planning permission, this month we take a look at farm buildings. Some people may look at the vast expanse of fields on a farm and assume that the owners have free rein to do…

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Apex Planning Change of Use

Do I need planning permission for change of use?

22nd July 2019

Converting a garage into an office, or changing an office building into a house? Find out whether you need planning permission with this easy guide… To understand the rules of ‘Change of Use’, you need to be aware of the different Use Classes applied to different kinds of properties. The Town and Country Planning (Use…

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Local Firm Donates to Hospital in Celebration of 10th Anniversary

6th June 2019

Press Release – 6 June 2019 Paul Smith, Director of Apex Planning Consultants, has donated £1000 to the Neonatal Unit of the Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at a cheque handover with his family on Monday 3 June [pictured]. Apex Planning Consultants is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month and the Neonatal unit…

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Planning permission for a garage

Do I need planning permission for a garage?

13th May 2019

Are you hoping to add a detached garage to your property – whether it is to store your car or, like so many families nowadays, to act as a storage facility housing bikes, scooters and the tumble dryer! Follow our simple guide to work out if you need planning permission for this extra space… Detached…

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Solar Panels

Do I need planning permission for solar panels?

30th April 2019

Installing solar panels on your home or garage may sound an attractive proposition – after all, you can save money on your energy bills ­– but will you need permission to put them in place? Find out more… The good news is that since 2008, solar panels intended for installation on residential land and buildings…

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