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After nearly 30 years living in a period home located in the Green Belt, and with previous unsuccessful attempts to extend behind us, our hopes of achieving any meaningful transformation were pretty low. Alan was unfazed and worked patiently with us, and even more so with the planning authorities, to create a great kitchen and sitting room extension, a utility room, WC, a double garage and a study that has made living here even more enjoyable than it was before.
Any changes required by the planners were dealt with quickly and imaginatively and we are very pleased indeed with the final result. Needless to say, it took rather longer to build it than to plan it but it has absolutely been worth the time and effort.
Many thanks to Alan and the Settle & Green team.
We wanted to enlarge our home by adding another storey. We instructed Alan Smith of Settle & Green following a personal recommendation - We are so glad that we did.
Our home is located in a complex, green belt site. Based on Alan's suggested strategy, we submitted a Pre-Application to determine the planning authorities attitude and reasoning. As we expected, they were very resistant to any further development but provided their detailed reasoning. Working on this, Alan undertook in-depth research, an analysis of our site and neighbouring sites, historical local planning applications and libraries of overhead photographs for the area. Based on this work, he refined his original strategy, making a further submission using a combination of applications, together with drawings, supporting diagrams, photographs, expert reports and 3D visualisations.
He listened to our wishes & concerns throughout the process and used his detailed knowledge of planning legislation and creative design solutions to meet our wishes as well as overcoming every concern voiced by the planning authority. The end result: We achieved full planning consent for everything that we asked for.
An outstanding and very cost effective achievement that I do not believe we would have achieved elsewhere.
I can't recommend Alan Smith highly enough.
Alan provided a prompt, punctual and professional service throughout a very tricky case. He advised us on all the different aspects of planning for an outdoor structure which had been built. He recommended we try to obtain a certificate of lawfulness instead of full planning which we feared could get rejected. Alan drew up plans, submitted photographs and liaised with the Council in a challenging 'planning grey area' case.
We were thrilled when the Council provided us with the Certificate of Lawfulness. We'd definitely use them again. Thank you so much Alan
Living in a listed property we had struggled with planning applications in the past, having initial plans dismissed. We then turned to the services of Alan who came up with ideas that suited us and also satisfied the council and the conservation officer's concerns for extending a listed property.
Throughout the whole process, Alan worked with ourselves and the council to ensure that we were kept informed every step of the way.
I am pleased to say that we now have our lovely home that we never thought would be possible after the disappointment of previous rejections. I would highly recommend Alan and will definitely be in touch with him again if we need any assistance in the future.
We purchased a detached chalet bungalow with the intention of undertaking a sizable extension and internal refurb.
We decided to use Alan (Settle & Green) because of his knowledge of the area, his experience obtaining planning permission for developing on greenbelt land and his vision for our project. We also liked Alan as a person and anticipated building a strong relationship with him and the project progressed.
Although we faced a number of hurdles to overcome during the planning stage of the project, Alan worked extremely hard to deliver the solution we wanted, through a combination of a permitted development application and a planning application. Without this innovative approach we would not have obtained the permission we required.
We had met with 3 other architects all of whom told us that we would not be able to do the things we wanted, however Alan was able to use his technical knowledge of planning rules and his creativity to deliver all of our requirements. I would strongly recommend the services of Settle & Green especially if you are looking to develop on greenbelt land or have had issues obtaining planning permission in the past.
Settle & Green were our first choice in architects due to their expertise with greenbelt and historical buildings. They did not disappoint!
Alan's initial design workshop ensured that all of our requirements (and pie in the sky ideas!) were addressed and considered thoroughly, and he was able to show us the first draft of the extension designs by the end of the day.
Since then, Alan has researched into the planning history of the building, and strategically put together a strong case for our planning application. The weight of the argument to be allowed to extend onto greenbelt was clearly thought out and sensibly put to the local authority - resulting in it being approved.
Every step of the process was professionally and seamlessly handled - Settle &Green took all of the stress out of the application. We have already recommended to friends and family as we are so happy with their work.
Excellent, excellent service. A really clear introductory phone call at the start to explain the process and stages. This instilled immediate confidence and trust in Settle & Green.
Alan spent 5 hours with us on our first concept meeting (an hour longer than we'd booked) and spent time really understanding our plans (and listening to our slightly vague dreams and ambitions!). He responded with practical and knowledgeable advice. It's easy to think you know how to do project management of house refurbs but his level of knowledge and understanding at this first stage has been informative and invaluable. We're looking forward to working with Settle & Green on our project.
the site meeting & outline design was very useful in:
- confirming that what we wanted to do was Feasible and made sense!
-identifying key issues
-discussing what should and should not be in the project's scope