Planning and Development
The extensive range of services that we offer includes design, planning and building regulation submissions in the South East of England, including Sussex.
We work to resolve issues as early as possible in the design process reducing the likelihood of long term problems and saving you time and money. We have built up great rapport with local councils and have an enviable track record of approvals, even on the most complex planning applications.
Some of our successful applications include:
- Change of Use of office building to religious assembly building
- Certificate of Lawfulness of an existing use for farm buildings used as B8 accommodation
- Variation of agricultural occupancy restriction
- Change of Use from farm buildings to provision of sand school
- Variation of Conditions
- Listed Building Consents
Our valuation service covers all aspects of commercial property valuation which are carried out strictly in accordance with the RICS Valuation Standards 6th Edition. We have substantial experience in providing a service for a broad range of clients including:
- Housing Associations – providing valuations and advice on a wide range of accommodation and land
- Solicitors – providing valuations for divorce or probate
- Accountants – valuation of clients’ property and land for business sales, capital gains or inheritance tax planning.
- Developers – valuations for loans
Contract Administration and Project Management
Taking on the responsibility of dealing with building contractors, our goal is to make sure that everything happens as it should, avoiding misunderstandings and disputes. From small properties to large commercial developments, we can provide the service that you need.
Many businesses take no interest in the business rates they pay and may be paying far too much. Let us evaluate your business rates. Subject to our recommendations we can then submit a rating appeal on your behalf and potentially save you money.
Access Audits, Appraisals and Statements
Under the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005 there are obligations for service providers, employers and schools (amongst others) not to discriminate against disabled people and to make ‘reasonable adjustments’. The legislation is complex and often it is difficult to ascertain what ‘reasonable adjustments’ means in each individual situation. We have a Chartered Surveyor who specialises in accessible environments and is a member of the National Register of Access Consultants. Before you spend thousands of pounds on alterations let us audit and report on your property and it’s environment. We also carry out design appraisals.
Under present legislation access statements are required for new houses and commercial developments at planning application stages and at submission of the Building Regulation Application. Ideally this should be a document that progresses from inception of the project through to handover of the building and in order to prevent costly mistakes we would recommend that an access consultant is included in the design and construction team. We could then take over all responsibility in this area.
Whether the property you are buying is freehold or leasehold there are implications and potential liabilities. We can provide a survey tailored to your individual requirements to help you make the correct decisions and hopefully save you money or prevent you making a costly mistake.
Contact us for more details.