UMC Architects have considerable experience of a number of high-profile planning applications across all our work sectors. We recognise that excellent design plays a huge part in securing consents, particularly where the location is sensitive or highly visible.

Successful planning outcomes arise from effective pre-consultation, where key issues are identified and addressed at an early stage. Collaborative work amongst the design team is then vital to delivery of the best quality submission. We frequently work alongside planning consultants, assisting with the overall strategy and co-ordinating the various environmental inputs, including noise, traffic, ecology & landscape, both as independent reports and as part of environmental impact assessments.

We believe the Design & Access Statement is a key document to support the application. It is our responsibility therefore to ensure a robust statement is produced, giving a detailed account of the development of the design and the decisions made through the process. In addition, our statements frequently include 3d visualisations to illustrate the development in context, often as a photomontage, viewed from the more sensitive locations.

Once consent is achieved, it is only part of the process, as the discharge of complex planning conditions often requires extensive input and negotiation. Where required, UMC Architects undertake the lead role in co-ordinating the various submissions and then tracking the progress in schedule form, which is regularly updated and reported.