If you want to get planning permission for your project in Birmingham, you’re going to need people with experience, technical knowledge, and a familiarity with the process.

Residential developments, private new builds, commercial and retail schemes, conservation areas, listed buildings and green belt project all come with their own complications and requirements, and getting planning permission for them isn’t always simple.

At Lapworth Architects we generally work as full-service architects, meaning that we can design and draw up your plans, and also deal with the planning application that needs to be submitted to your local council before you can start your build.

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Planning permission granted in Solihull

Having a team that is experienced with your local council is a real advantage here – they will know what kind of building projects the local authority are in favour of, how lenient or restrictive they might be, and what their overall approaches are. Solihull Borough Council will have completely different priorities and restrictions from Birmingham City Council, for example. 

Although it sometimes seems as though planning departments at councils are merely nit-picking, remember that they are generally in favour of development, but have a duty to make sure that buildings match their surroundings and are not out of scale.

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Conservation work in Edgbaston

Getting planning permission in Birmingham or in the West Midlands in general is no mean feat, but it is a case of meeting a lot of different criteria. This makes preparing a planning application challenging if you’re not a professional – so advice and help from experienced planners is a service well worth its money. 

At Lapworth Architects we offer full planning services for residential, commercial, retail, industrial, civic and mixed-use projects, including:

  • pre-application advice
  • planning appraisals
  • planning applications
  • planning appeals
  • public consultation
  • S106 negotiation and CIL advice

So, in addition to our architectural services, we can help you with the planning application with our expertise and experience. 

There’s no guaranteed with planning permission applications, but with the right consultants and knowledge, you can give your project the best chance at getting planning permission in Birmingham. Come and speak to us at Lapworth Architects – call us on 0121 455 0032 to discuss your project in a free consultation. 

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We are award-winning architects and planners working across the entire West Midlands to help you at every step of the process, whether you’re needing an extension, developing land or designing a new build house.

– Birmingham
– Bromsgrove
– Edgbaston
– Leamington
– Solihull

– Stratford-on-Avon
– Sutton Coldfield
– Walsall
– Warwick
– Wolverhampton

abid shah
abid shah
13:03 17 Sep 20
Lapworth Architects provided me with a excellent service, which was responsive, high quality, professional and dealt... with the council on my behalf. I would strongly recommend them.read more
J F
J F
10:56 23 May 20
I contacted lapworth to carry out a site survey for a self build. I got great advice and a very fast turn around of my... report. We will definitely be using lapworth again for our designs.read more
nibha hegde
nibha hegde
19:51 20 Apr 20
I am extremely pleased with Lapworth architects. I just told them in my amateur way what I imagined or wanted in my... bungalow and they drew lovely accurate plans. Michael patiently took on board my multiple requests to make changes as new ideas came to me and he always incorporated them with even further development which shows his expertise. Michael provided monthly supervision service which I think is priceless and is the best part of hiring him!. He visited the site regularly, liaised with various other professionals involved like building control people, engineers, etc, did trouble shooting promptly, ensured costing is kept to minimum, and made sure the work is being carried out to the highest standards in a timely manner. The contractors and builders have also found this service very useful because of helpful professional advise and on-site discussions. I have noted from his late night/weekend emails/calls that Michael has worked very hard on my project- which was a total makeover of a rather dilapidated-closed- space building with poor lighting and access- and made it into a well lit, open spaced bright modern bungalow. He has always kept me well informed. Lastly, I have to say, because of his dedication, the project has carried on with practically no stress or worries imparted to me! He is well connected and tendered my project to a very good builder- for which `I am grateful. I sometimes hear other friends' stories of 'nightmare building projects' and I secretly thank my stars that I gave this project to Lapworth. I wish Michael and his team well. If I were lucky enough to acquire another property, I will promptly give the project to Lapworth again! :)read more
Hugh Humphreys
Hugh Humphreys
23:23 19 Feb 20
Did a very competent job with good value for money, understood my needs and produced the drawings for a complex... extension quickly. Made the small changes requested and continued to provide support on detail on request. I would use them again on further projectsread more
Kay Bedi
Kay Bedi
16:54 01 Feb 20
I used Lapworth after using two different architects who were unable to secure planning permission due to lack of... knowledge in relation to green belt policy and lack of expertise in relation to producing reports alongside planning applications. Ultimately these were the two things that were required to get out planning application approved and we were impressed with the knowledge, expertise and professionalism of everyone we had interactions with at the firm. The firm is better value for money than others we have used as they provide better quality of service at the same price. I would definitely use them again and would recommend them. The staff have a great attitude and work hard to get you the outcome you want. We finally got our application approved and if we had come to Lapworth to start with we would not have wasted two years and a considerable amount of money trying to get planning approved. Thanks to all at Lapworth, particularly Tristan and Tumi for working so hard and providing a great customer service and quality work also thank you to Mike for the great service he has provided. Kayread more
Colin Andrews
Colin Andrews
16:25 15 Jan 20
I can honestly say I don't give reviews, but on this occasion I felt I must. Michael Singh of Lapworth Architects spoke... on behalf of my Company's planning application at Walsall Planning committee for an Adventure Golf Course situated in the Green Belt. The application was submitted in February 2018 and at last came before committee with over 40 objections from residents. Michael Singh spoke on my behalf and obviously new his stuff. He showed he cared about this application. His passion caused others to be convinced not just because of his force of reasoning, but also because he was visibly enjoying the beliefs he wanted the committee to accept. Michael Singh won over the committee members through his professional manner. Accurate, competent, credible, intelligent, knowledgeable, likeable, and believable. The committee voted in favour and gave planning approval. I highly recommend Lapworth Architect's. I definitely will use them again. Thank you so much Michael you were just BRILLIANT Regards Colin Andrews Directorread more
Rajashankar rao
Rajashankar rao
09:53 18 Feb 19
We ( me and my wife) would definitely recommend Lapworth architects without any hesitation.They have been professional... and very prompt in answering our issues. They have been efficient in getting the plans we desired and did the whole application from scratch without any delays. We personally had Manraj to look into our case and absolutely none issues. He has been very efficient in chasing the application process along with updates and infact, got the application approved without any changes.read more
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