I have recently gone down the route of obtaining pre-planning advice on a plot of land for sale. It is not a straight forward plot (are they ever?!). It is a partly wooded sloping site on the edge of the village development boundary. A house already exists on the land and there are no special restrictions with regards to the wood itself. The pre-planning advice came back with some negative objections based on wildlife. I had to wait 7 weeks for this to come through and that was with me ringing every week after 4 weeks to try and find out what was going on. I feel the plot deserves more research and don’t want to give up on it yet but am unsure how to go about getting round these objections because I don’t know enough about planning legislation and all the angles you can use to negotiate. Is it beneficial to work with a planning consultant or specialist solicitor to get the ball rolling and effectively get them to mange the planning permission process. I’m only a nipper relatively speaking and haven’t even bought a house before so dealing with solicitors/professionals is quite daunting. Thanks in advance!