Why expert planning advice is key to the success of ambitious developments

Bell Ingram Design have been engaged by clients David and Carole Young to act as both planning consultants and architectural designers on the Finnich Glen visitor centre project at their family farm in Stirlingshire.

The proposals hit the headlines earlier this month when Stirling Council’s Planning Panel unanimously approved plans for the 10.9 hectare West Stirlingshire site.

Key to progressing the development to this stage has been the input of Bell Ingram planning consultant Catherine Newton, and Finnich Glen underlines why expert planning advice is vital to developments of all sizes.

Finnich Glen was made famous after featuring in several big picture movies and most notably, the popular Outlander series. As a result, the volume of visitors to the glen was creating considerable parking and safety issues for the landowners and local community.

This created an opportunity to develop the site into a safe and financially viable visitor attraction. Along with a visitor centre, the development will comprise a 150-space car park and a network of paths, bridges and viewing platforms.

Working together with  Bell Ingram Design architects, Catherine developed the public consultation strategy and was responsible for submitting the subsequent planning application. She was therefore able to ensure that public comments and suggestions/concerns were taken into consideration during the preparation of the final submission, a vitally important aspect in achieving planning approval.

Catherine co-ordinated and reviewed all the information submitted in support of the planning application to ensure that it was sufficient in detail and scope to meet all the relevant planning policy requirements, thereby seeking to avoid delays and unnecessary unforeseen costs.

The understanding of the project proved critical to the client’s budget given the planning officer’s requests for further studies on design and financial justifications for the development after the application had been finalised and submitted.

The process from concept to approval lasted a little over a year with Catherine adding value at every stage.

Whether it’s securing planning permission for the diversification of rural land or the development of an urban site, planning advisors can guide clients through the entire process from concept through to approval.

Good advice will save valuable time and resources by giving the right direction first time; undertaking planning and development appraisals; preparing and submitting planning applications; negotiating with local planning authorities and preparing EIA screening requests.

If you have a development idea in mind, get in touch with our design team.  If you would you are in need of town and country planning advice contact Catherine Newton directly: catherine.newton@bellingram.co.uk or 01738 646571.

Read more about our planning service here.

Article posted on 15/10/2020

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