Davidsons Homes prides itself in building homes of exceptional quality and that extends to the planning of our sites as a whole. At Davidsons we recognise that a key part of the process is producing a high quality overall scheme and a layout which respects the local context.
At Davidsons Homes we strive to engage with both the local planning authority and community at the earliest stages, often even before establishing an interest in a site, to ensure only a well considered design forms the basis of the final submitted planning application. We continue to liaise with the local planning authority and the community throughout the application process so that we can be responsive to any issues arising.
At the pre application stage our planners will visit the site and prepare an assessment of the constraints and opportunities each individual site presents, for example the proximity of neighbouring properties, landscape features. We instruct consultants at the very earliest stages to act on our behalf on a range of technical matters, for example, to carry out topographical, ecological and archaeological surveys, drainage and highways reports, to ensure that our layouts and subsequently our planning applications take into account the sensitivities of each individual site. The results of these surveys are fed into the design and planning process, alongside our community engagement process, to ensure the final design represents the best possible outcome in all respects.
An important part of the application process is establishing community benefits, which are delivered through legal agreements as part of the planning application process. Most of these are calculated by the relevant council, for example contributions to highway improvements, health, education, libraries, civic amenity sites, however we also liaise with Parish Councils to establish local need for specific facilities.
Davidsons recognises the importance of ensuring that the layout of our developments are carefully designed at the earliest planning stages, long before the development takes shape on the ground.