Consultancy Advice – Pre Application
To develop the basis of the application we undertook the following work:
- Pre-application discussions with Mid-Devon Council and English Heritage
- Topographical Survey (Philip Price devonsurveyplans.co.uk)
- Archaeological Survey and Desktop Study (South West Archaeology www.swarch.net)
- Ecology Survey (Crossman Associates www.crossmanassociates.co.uk)
This allowed us to understand the site better prior to instructing an Architect to help us develop the design. We chose our Architect, Louise Crossman Associates, because she was a specialist heritage architect who had extensive experience in listed buildings and barn conversions. As we developed the design we concurrently instructed a structural survey to determine suitability for conversion.
Cat tied together all of this work in a planning and heritage statement to accompany the studies and full design package.
This process allowed us to evolve our ideas with the architect and by June 2013 we were in a position to submit both planning and listed building applications.
We also consulted with local community groups, the parish council and our local councillor to rally support. Our future neighbours were great in writing to the council supporting our application.
Having done pre-application with officers at the council the process ran relatively smoothly and we were given approval within 8 weeks.