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Planning and Development

The team of chartered planners at Sworders manage a varied portfolio of planning work from small scale residential extensions to large scale schemes of 100 plus houses on ‘greenfield’ sites.

We promote sites for development through the entire planning process, from Local Plan promotion, to masterplanning, detailed design, planning applications and, when necessary, appeals.

We also specialise in Change of Use of farm buildings, including Listed and Historic Buildings for uses ranging from industrial units, offices and gymnasiums through to holiday lets and residential uses.

We can advise on replacement dwellings, rural worker dwellings and extensions and alterations to existing dwellings, Certificates of Lawful Use and Building Regulations.

Planning Applications

Applications are submitted to the Local Planning Authority to secure planning permission for any works which are deemed to be ‘development’. Development includes change of use of buildings or land, construction of new buildings, demolition, engineering or mining operations.

Planning applications are either ‘outline’ or ‘full’ planning applications. Outline applications seek approval for the general principle of development; some matters are ‘reserved’ for later determination. Full applications seek approval for a much greater level of detail, relating to all aspects of the development. Once full planning permission is secured, the development can proceed, as long as any conditions are fulfilled. Other types of consents which may also be required include listed building, certificates of lawful use, and advertisement.

Local Planning Authorities set out the documents required to support a planning application; these normally include a planning statement, scaled plans, and the details of the proposed development. Depending on the scale of the development, a number of other reports may be required, such as a transport, ecology, heritage or flood risk assessment.

Planning & Design Brochure

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Please select from the list below to learn more about each of our specialist areas:

Strategic Development

Development Agreements

Architecture and Design

Planning Applications



Read our latest planning case study on the residential conversion of an historic farmstead, including a Grade II* listed tithe barn (PDF)

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