About Planbuild Consulting

About Planbuild Consulting2020-05-27T19:49:22+01:00

Jack Wilkinson


Planbuild Consulting is headed by Jack Wilkinson (BA Hons), an RTPI accredited Planning Consultant with an extensive local authority background.

Jack has established a strong reputation amongst clients and colleagues through providing sound planning advice, including the delivery of planning applications and appeals. As well as providing reliable service, Jack also possesses a real commercial nouse which adds real value. Through effective communication, Jack’s attention to detail and pragmatic approach is a serious advantage for any developer.

Having grown up in Suffolk, Jack is committed to driving results which matter to him and his extended team, as much as they do to you.

Accredited by The Royal Town Planning Institute

Having been accredited by The Royal Town Planning Institute, we are at the forefront of town planning practice. We abide by a strict code of conduct, maintaining professional and ethical standards at all times, which means our clients, colleagues and wider public trust us.

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The go-to planning consultant for many…

  • Jack provided an excellent service by obtaining planning permission for our new build house. His attention to detail from the outset enabled us to secure planning permission. The whole process was smooth, and he kept us informed throughout.
  • Jack’s experience and knowledge of the Planning System and Council Policy has proven invaluable. He has helped our Architectural Practice achieve many successful planning permissions for our clients, supported by sound advice, attention to detail and first-rate service. Highly recommended.
  • Planbuild is very knowledgeable in what they do taking it from planning right through to the build stage. We have worked with them on a couple of recent projects and they are a pleasure to work with and we look forward to a continued relationship with Planbuild Consulting. Highly recommended.
  • Excellent! After meeting Jack to discuss our plans, we were filled with confidence. He gave us initial planning advice, submitted the application, and we were awarded planning permission in just over 8 weeks. Faultless service. We will be in touch again soon.
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Town Planning FAQs

My neighbour is applying for planning permission, can I object?2020-05-17T13:39:45+01:00

Yes, you can. Every planning application submitted to a local authority must undergo a period of public consultation which varies in length between three and eight weeks. Most councils publish details of planning applications on their websites.

There are a number of ways to do this:

If you are a neighbour affected by a planning application the local planning authority will either notify you directly or display a site notice on or near the land to which the application relates.
You could contact the planning offices of your local authority to involve yourself in the consultation process

The local planning authority may offer a service on its website
You are allowed to attend planning committee meetings to hear applications being considered

You are also allowed to have your say at these meetings but you must notify the council in advance of the meeting

As a result, the range of objections that can be made is wide and varies from council to council.

Can I appeal against the Notice served?2020-05-17T13:38:47+01:00

The appeal process depends on the complexity of the issues relating to the requirements of the notice, and you have the options of proceeding either through written representations, informal hearing or Inquiry.

Many appeals in respect of Enforcement Notices are by means of an Inquiry, as there may need to be complex legal issues to discuss or consider. Whilst you may consider Written Representations to be appropriate to your case, the final decision as to the type of procedure will rest with the Planning Inspectorate, in consultation with yourself (or your agent) and the local planning authority.

A final decision will subsequently be made in writing after the site visit. The whole process from submission to decision should take around three months.

I have been served a Notice by the Planning Enforcement Officer, what should I do?2020-05-17T13:38:09+01:00

The failure to obtain planning permission or comply with the details of permission is commonly known as a ‘planning breach’.

If you have received an enforcement notice or other formal notice from the local planning authority (LPA) in respect of your property, then there is an opportunity to make an appeal in respect of that notice. An enforcement notice will usually be served on the owner of a property (and others) where the LPA considers there has been a breach of planning control and consider it expedient to take action to remedy the breach.

The notice will usually require you to stop doing something, such as removing a building or structure or alter it to make it acceptable.

Planning permission has been refused, can I appeal the decision?2020-05-17T13:37:29+01:00

Yes, you can appeal a decision made by a local planning authority on a planning application if you disagree with it or if the application wasn’t determined within eight weeks (for a typical householder development) or 13 weeks for major developments.

The applicant of any type of planning application is usually entitled to appeal the decision of the local planning authority (LPA). This is usually where an application is refused by the LPA, but there are also other rights of appeal in respect of other matters. Only applicants or their appointed agents can appeal.

Can I obtain planning advice prior to submission of a planning application proper?2020-05-17T13:36:43+01:00

Yes, you can, and we strongly encourage this. It is often a good idea to discuss your proposal with a planning officer before you submit an application. Some local planning authorities (LPAs) charge for this service so it’s a good idea to check first. It is also a question you have to answer on the application form and can assist the local authority in dealing with your application. The level of preparation required depends on what you propose to do. In simple cases, it should be sufficient to look at the main issues governing the grant of permission and decide which of these are relevant to your application.

Do I always need planning permission for a development?2020-05-17T13:34:06+01:00

Not all proposals require planning permission. Permitted Development (PD) rights mean you can do certain types of development without planning permission, subject to strict terms and conditions. However, if you live in a conservation area, national park or area of outstanding natural beauty, your PD rights will be restricted. The same is true if your house is a listed building. In the majority of cases, planning permission is required as set out in statute Planning Law.

Why do I need to get planning permission?2020-05-17T13:33:34+01:00

The Town and Country Planning Act (1990) is effective in England and Wales and is (amongst other statute Planning Law) an act which regulates the development of land and buildings. It is a central part of English land law in that it concerns town and country planning in the United Kingdom.

It is your responsibility for seeking, or not seeking, planning permission. If required, it should be granted before any work begins.

Who grants planning permission?2020-05-17T13:32:38+01:00

Your local planning authority (LPA) is responsible for considering planning applications. It is important to understand the local planning policy implications which affect your proposal, along with the national planning policy aims set by Government.

What is planning permission?2020-05-17T13:32:02+01:00

Planning Permission, in simple terms, is like asking if you can do a certain piece of building work or operation. It will be granted (possibly subject to certain conditions) or refused. Parliament has given the main responsibility for planning to local planning authorities (usually, this is the planning department of your local council). Therefore, if you have any queries about a particular case, the first thing to do is to contact your local planning authority.

Why is town planning important?2020-05-17T13:31:13+01:00

Planning affects everything we do on a day to day basis, as it influences the places and spaces within which we live and work. It is underpinned by sustainability through focussing on the economy, environment and society, whilst being pivotal to change. Good planning helps create efficient environments and attractive places to live, work and socially absorb. Feel free to visit the Royal Town Planning Institute website for more information about what town planning is.

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