Architecture and Renovation: Face-to-face with the planner
John O'Malley: The planning process can be made smoother by having a consultation with the local authority before you apply in the first place.
People are often put off by the planning permission process before they even start and it’s usually because they have a perception, or a misconception, that their local planning authority is a little hard-boiled, detached or may be unsympathetic to their needs.
This is particularly felt by homeowners extending, or those looking to build their first home, who are more emotionally attached to the project than seasoned applicants and who have heard a...
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