Durrants Building Consultancy provides specialist advice on all planning related matters. From detailed planning application requirements to strategic planning policy advice, we have a proven track record of securing planning approvals for a wide range of developments in the residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors.

We regularly secure greenfield site allocations in Local Plans for residential and commercial purposes. The team at Durrants has an excellent working knowledge of how Council Planning Departments operate and use our extensive network of contacts with Planners and Conservation Officers across Norfolk and Suffolk to achieve successful planning outcomes for clients.

To discuss your planning requirements please contact the Durrants Building Consultancy team on 01379 646603.

Planning services for Norfolk and Suffolk

Site Appraisals and Advice

We regularly provide general planning and development advice and carry out site appraisals to quickly determine a sites suitability and help realise a sites potential. Through our knowledge of local and national planning policy, planning legislation and an assessment of a sites potential and also their constraints,  we are able to provide clients with comprehensive and detailed site appraisals. We carry out a full appraisal as part of the design process and before planning applications are prepared including pre application submissions.

Planning Applications

The experience of our team gives you the expertise you need when preparing a planning application. From outline consent to full planning permission we ensure each submission is supported by a thorough assessment of all relevant issues and all the necessary appraisals such as design and access statements, heritage statements, and flood risk assessments. Along with applications for new dwellings, and small, medium and large scale residential developments, we frequently manage applications for a variety of agricultural related developments which include applications for conversion to alternative uses, and for commercial developments including changes of use, holiday accommodation and signage.

Heritage Advice

Durrants Building Consultancy can offer expert advice on the consent needed if your property is Listed or located in a Conservation Area. We regularly work with Conservation Officers and Planners throughout East Anglia to determine the necessary information required as part of the preparation and submission of applications for Listed Building Consent and other related heritage consents. We can take you through the process and prepare Heritage Statements and method statements on how work will be carried out.

Barn and Agricultural Building Conversions

Converting a barn into a dwelling is less complicated than it used to be due to changes in planning law but there is are a number of criteria that still need to be met, as well as compliance with general planning regulations. We can take you through the process step-by-step.

Permitted Development Rights

Not all development needs planning permission. Our team has expert knowledge on the latest legislation and case law that could help you carry out structural changes such as a variety of alterations, extensions, development of outbuildings or change of use of buildings to a variety of uses including residential, office, leisure and retail.


Planning Appeals and Enforcement

Our thorough knowledge of local planning regulations can help you assess why a planning application has been refused and take steps to appeal. Similarly, we can help if you have been issued with an enforcement notice and suggest ways of resolving issues with local authorities.

Legal Agreements, Planning Obligations and CIL

We are also able to provide advice on the requirements forand the content, of planning obligations including assisting with the negotiation of Section 106 Agreements. In addition, we provide advice on when and where CIL payments are required and prepare and obtain lawful development certificates for clients.

Master Planning

Working collaboratively with our in-house Architect and surveyors we are able to deliver a master planning approach to sites and development projects. From the initial site appraisal and contextual analysis, to developing a vision and concept, to the detailed scheme our experienced multi-disciplinary team are able to add value to each scheme through each step of the design process.

Land Allocation/Plan Representations

Durrants Building Consultancy regularly work with land owners to promote their land and maximise their assets through the plan making process. Through our multi-disciplinary team we are able to prepare detailed and robust representations to local authorities to demonstrate the suitability and deliverability of sites for our clients.

Recent projects

Take a look at the broad range of developments we have been working on recently.