Why Work With Us?

Since 1994 we have worked with various Local Authorities in and around the Thames Valley area.

Wokingham Borough Council
West Berkshire Council
Bracknell Forest Council
Hart District Council
Wycombe District Council
South Oxfordshire District Council
Reading Borough Council
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Over this period we have developed a professional relationship with the Local Authorities and have a working knowledge of their policies.

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Our “Planning Guarantee”

We have been applying for Planning permission for our Clients since 1994.

We are confident that if you follow our advice we will be successful obtaining you Planning Permission for your project

If not, we will refund our design fees and your Planning Fee!* Click here to read more.

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We can help you design a scheme that maximises your chances of obtaining planning permission first time and within your financial budget.

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When Do You Require Planning Permission?

You’ll probably require planning permission if you want to:

  • build something new
  • make a major change to your building, eg building an extension
  • change the use of your building

How Long Does It Take To Obtain Planning Permission?

You should receive a decision with within 8 weeks of registering your application.

You need to make sure that you have included all of the relevant information and the correct fee, otherwise the clock doesn’t start ticking until the application is officially “registered”.

Factors Affecting Planning Permission

There are many factors that will affect whether or not you need to apply for planning permission or affect your chances of gaining planning approval.

Some properties have “permitted development rights”. This means that you can improve and extend your home without the need to seek a specific planning permission as long as you comply with a special set of rules.

Some properties do not have these rights, or may have had them removed. You will need to check with the Local Authority, who should be able to confirm this for you.

Need Building Regulations Approval Aswell?

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*Planning Guarantee – Terms & Conditions. We reserve the right to withdraw our Planning Guarantee if you amend the design beyond what we believe is reasonable (i.e to what we advise won’t achieve Planning permission). Sometimes, your Planning application won’t be approved first time. We reserve the right to either submit an amended application or take your application to appeal. You will not be charged any extra for this. If your appeal is lost, we will refund all your Planning Fees AND our Design Fees in full. All communication with the Planners must come through Michael Aubrey, acting as your agent.

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Helpful And Knowledgeable

“Michael Aubrey Partnership were recommended to me to help with my drawings and application to the council. 

A feature of the service I found useful was the 3D image of the project and being able to ‘walk around’ the new extension was useful both in seeing the project and making changes.  Also, coming into the office to talk through with Jamie and Andy on the screen, the changes I wanted to make, helped me see things clearer. 

Michael Aubrey Partnership stood out from their competitors due to their communication and time taken to discuss our project, within our timescale. 

I found everyone very helpful, knowledgeable and able to stick to a timescale, if there were any problems with meeting a deadline then this was explained in advance. 

I found everyone professional and good at what they did.  I would recommend to friends and use again if need be”.

Diane Hall, Hartley Wintney

Engaged And Understood Our Needs

“We chose Michael Aubrey Partnership as we had good references from friends who have used them in the past.

We required a full design and planning service and Michael Aubrey really engaged with us to understand our needs.  It was really useful to have a home visit as a feasibility study to make sure what we were thinking was practical. 

It was also really good to have another meeting after the initial designs were produced to refine our requirements. 

Also the planning appeal was handled efficiently and we had great confidence in the process. We would definitely recommend Michael Aubrey to colleagues and friends.”

Mr and Mrs Portsmouth, Finchampstead

Useful Advice, With No Issues Or Delays

“I am really glad that our builder recommended Michael Aubrey Partnership.

– their useful advice on layout options and clear, easy to follow plans meant that we secured planning approval without any issues or delays. 

Ollie (Structural Engineer) was polite and competent and our neighbour, who is a retired Structural Engineer, was very impressed with the quality of Michael Aubrey Partnership’s drawings and calculations”

Cameron Campbell-Wilson, South Wonston