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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a number of the frequently asked questions about CPA Design and the Planning Process.

About CPA Design
We generally work within the South East, United Kingdom. However our working relationship has extended to all areas of the UK and France. If the site is within a reasonable distance of our office, we can normally visit free of charge.
Measured Surveys (Land and Building), Residential and Commercial design, Planning Submission and Building Regulation applications.
Yes we are. We can assist with the Planning Application process to ensure it's correctly submitted.
This can vary, it's typically between 2-4 weeks.
This is typically between 2-4 weeks, however this can vary significantly depending on the type of project, these vary in complexity from a proposed Porch on a Listed Building, to entire New Dwellings, and they require different resources to complete an application.

About the Planning Process
There are some forms of building alteration that require approval from the Local Authority that the site resides within.
There are some forms of building alteration that can be undertaken without first contacting the Local Authority that the site resides within.
There is no requirement to do this, however if there is any doubt, you would be advised to either contact your local Authority and submit a Pre-Planning Application or there are specific application types that can aid with this.
This can vary, though it's typically around 8 weeks from the Planning Application submission.
Small changes to approved schemes are between £35-50, Householder applications are between £130-240 and New Build or Commercial applications can be approximately £500.
These are becoming more relevant as we head into the future and Local Authority budgets are reduced. When a proposed scheme has some risk associated with it, especially where Planning Policy is a grey area, the Local Authority are asked for advice in the form of a Pre-Planning Application. This type of application does not have a refused/approved format, it is merely a request for the Local Authorities' opinion concerning a proposal.
APPOINTMENTS BY ARRANGEMENT ONLY

Tunbridge Wells Office:
85 High Street
Tunbridge Wells,
Kent,
TN1 1XP

Paddock Wood:
We are regularly in Paddock Wood,
however we do not have a fixed address.
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