Applying for planning permission can be tough to navigate. Applying for planning permission for tricky sites – for example agricultural land, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a national park or the green belt – can be even more difficult.

And with just under 1/5th of the UK designated as AONB, it's important your architect understands the implications and specific policy relating to these sites.

The team at Koru Architects has more than 30 years’ combined experience building homes and renovating properties throughout Sussex and further afield, including many projects in conservation areas. In fact, one of our key specialities is using sensitive design to win planning approval in restricted places.

We have a 95% success rate in winning planning approval, including planning permission for tricky sites.

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This extension was approved in the High Weald, an AONB in the green belt.

As specialists in eco architecture and sustainable design, we build low energy concepts into our designs as standard. All our designs take into account environmental impact and energy efficiency. This makes us popular with planners! Ultimately, it’s up to the client how 'green' they want to make their home, but we always incorporate effortless energy-efficient solutions into our designs, for example by making the most of passive solar gain to keep your home warm.

Of course, it’s not just energy-efficiency that gets you planning permission for tricky sites.

This is why it’s important to work with an architect – our experience is invaluable in understanding what planners are likely to permit, taking into account the subjective nature of planning approval and using our knowledge of local planning policy and the national policy it is based on.

For example, a contemporary design – which you may assume is an immediate no-no in a sensitive site – can be sold to planners through contextual features, such as using traditional local materials, taking inspiration from the site’s history, or using the form of the site’s natural elements to blend into the landscape.

These contextual features, coupled with a low carbon design assure planners that the new design will be a comfortable enhancement of the site.

For more information on how we use contextual design, see this blog post.

Many of our happy clients have had to overcome planning headaches, but with our expertise and lateral thinking, plus our reputation for creative use of light and space, attention to detail and the careful selection of natural materials, we have achieved our extremely high success rate for planning permission approval.

Even if you've been unlucky in past, we may just be able to swing it for you!

Give us a call or send an email to see how we can help you!