Another successful year for Apex

Apex successful 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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Planning terms made easy

Apex Ancient Woodland

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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Let’s talk about planning – Conservative Party Conference

Planning

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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Walk on the wild side – planning for wildlife

Apex Planning for Wildlife

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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Do you need planning permission for farm buildings?

Planning Permission on Farmland

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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Do I need planning permission for change of use?

Apex Planning Change of Use

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

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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Do I need planning permission for a garage?

Planning permission for a garage

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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Do I need planning permission for solar panels?

Solar Panels

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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Do I need planning permission for an extension?

Planning permission for extension

Thanks to ‘permitted’ development, not all extensions require the homeowner to acquire planning permission – speeding up the whole process and cutting out administration costs. We take you through the requirements… Back in 2015, the government introduced updated householder permitted development rights, in a bid to speed up the planning process and stop local authorities’…

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