Planning Applications

Planning Permission

Obtaining planning permission is an integral part of the project development process, and it is crucial to ensure that all necessary approvals are obtained in order to avoid delays and costly mistakes. At Muse Architects, we are dedicated to helping our clients across the North West navigate the planning system and achieve the best possible outcomes for their projects.

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Why work with us?


1 | Extensive experience in securing planning permission for a range of projects and developments.
2 | Expertise in identifying key issues and developing strategies to address them.
3 | Comprehensive planning services including, feasibility, preparation applications.
4 | Support with planning appeal processes, Manchester building regulations representation at planning committee meetings.
5 | Strong relationships with local authorities in the North West. 
6 | Commitment to delivering excellence and support at every stage of the process.

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How can we help?

As experts in the field of architectural planning, we have extensive experience in securing planning permission for a wide range of projects, including residential, commercial, and mixed-use schemes. We are skilled at identifying the key issues and developing strategies to address them, and we have a strong track record of success in obtaining approval even on challenging sites.

In addition to our technical expertise, we also pride ourselves on our ability to build strong relationships with local authorities and other stakeholders in the Greater Manchester area. We believe that effective communication and collaboration are key to the success of any planning project, and we work closely with our clients to ensure that their needs and goals are fully understood and taken into account throughout the planning application support process.

Whether you are seeking planning permission for a new home, an extension, a commercial project development, or any other type of project in Greater Manchester or the North West, we are here to help you achieve your goals with tailored planning application support to help you navigate building regulations in Manchester and other challenging aspects.

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Our proven planning process helps obtaining planning permission

At Muse Architects, Manchester, we have developed a comprehensive planning system that enables us to effectively navigate the complexities of the planning process and achieve successful outcomes for our clients. Our system begins with thorough research and a deep understanding of the site and its context. From there, we identify any key issues that may impact the project and work to develop design solutions that address these issues. Our team is skilled at presenting our ideas in a clear and compelling manner and negotiating with local authorities across Manchester to secure the necessary approvals.

In addition to offering support with traditional planning applications, we also offer expertise in the area of permitted development. Permitted development is a type of planning permission that allows for certain types of project development to be carried out without the need for a full planning application. This can include things like small extensions, loft conversions, and certain types of home improvements. Understanding the rules and regulations surrounding permitted development can be complex, and it is important to work with an experienced architect who can advise you on what is and isn’t allowed.

We also offer support with outline planning applications, which are used to seek approval for the principle of development on a site. Outline planning applications are typically used for larger developments where the details of the project are not yet fully determined. This can include things like new housing estates, industrial parks, and retail developments. Working with an experienced architect who has a track record of success in obtaining outline planning permission can be invaluable in helping you navigate the process and achieve your development goals.

If your project is contentious, seeking pre-application advice from the council will help speed up the decision-making process for your case and increase your chances of success. We will work cooperatively with your planning officers to justify your proposal in a structured way and negotiate a positive outcome.

We will also find the chance to make amendments and improvements to your proposal prior to submitting your full planning application. By doing this, your officers will be more supportive of your proposal than they might otherwise have been.

If you have a larger project in development or one where the important thing is to establish the principle of what you want to do as quickly as possible, then the outline planning option could be the way to go. As the name implies, you need to provide fewer details than a full planning application, which means we can get your project designed and have your application completed in less time, thanks to our in-depth knowledge of building regulations across the North West.

Outline planning applications are for you if you want to get planning permission and then either sell the land or raise more money for the construction stage. Our Manchester based team will work with you to decide which elements of the scheme are important for the council and need to be decided at the outline stage.

Please note, though, that an outline application might not be the right option if the appearance of the buildings is important, for instance, many Green Belt projects or a development in a conservation area.

If you do submit an outline planning application and are granted permission, then you will have to follow it up with one or more reserved matters applications within three years of the council’s decision. These fill in all the details that were not in the outline application and will need to be settled before you can start building.

A reserved matters application needs to be taken as seriously as any other planning application – just because a local authority has given you outline permission does not mean they will automatically wave the reserved matters through. We will make sure that the details of your scheme are of a high standard and that there will be no avoidable delays in getting consent.

For many projects, you will need full planning permission. That means you will need to show the council wherever you are in the North West that what you are proposing complies with all the relevant national and local policies, taking into account a range of factors that can include transport, flood risks, air quality and possible harm to wildlife. We will guide you over all the hurdles of the process, including building regulations if necessary liaising with specialist consultants to make sure you get all the expert advice and support you need.

At the same time, we will be collaborating with you to come up with a design that fulfils your wishes and needs while being acceptable to the council. And after the application has been submitted, we will work with the planning officers to dispel any doubts they have about project, so that they are happy to grant consent.

When the council grants planning permission, it can include conditions to make sure that some key details are finalised by you and approved by the planning department before building can begin. These conditions often, for example, involve the external materials to be used in the building, or the exact arrangements for cycle or waste storage.

We pride ourselves on the care we take in every application we submit for project developments across Greater Manchester and will make sure that approval of details goes smoothly so that your project doesn’t have unnecessary delays at this late stage.

Unfortunately, not every planning application gets approval from the local authority in Greater Manchester or further afield. In some cases, for instance, when the council’s decision-making has clashed with their own policies or precedents or is out of step with national policy, it can be worth appealing. We have a strong record of success with planning appeals – we will let you know if we think you have a good chance of getting the council’s refusal overturned by the Planning Inspectorate and put together a thorough and clearly argued case so that your project ends up with the planning permission it deserves.

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What we care about the most:

As an RIBA Chartered Practice, we are passionate about good design and providing solutions that are underpinned by a clear design philosophy and add value to projects. We understand the importance of staying within budget while still delivering high-quality results, and we strive to find creative solutions to meet the unique needs of each of our clients.

One of our main passions is unlocking the hidden potential of developments and securing planning permission for challenging sites. We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver imaginative projects that not only meet but exceed our clients’ expectations.

At Muse Architects, we are committed to delivering excellence in everything we do. Our planning services are no exception, and we strive to provide our clients with the highest levels of service and support at every stage of the process. Whether you are seeking planning permission for a new home, an extension, a commercial development, or any other type of project, we are here to help you achieve your goals.

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