Think Tank

The idea behind our Think Tank is to share interesting snippets of information, ideas, thoughts or simply things we find interesting. Hopefully these short articles will provide you with inspiration for your own project, or perhaps you will learn something new. Our Think Tank is updated on a regular basis, so make sure you re-visit to view our latest articles.


Our articles are ordered with the most recent publications at the top of the page. To help you find articles you may be interested in we have organised the articles into several categories, simply select a category you are interested in from the Topic List Filter.

Tree Preservation Orders (TPO)
Tree preservation orders (TPOs) are commonly used by councils to protect certain trees within their area of authority found on someone else’s land. If a tree is protected via a TPO, the council must consent before any work can be carried out on the tree.
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Planning Applications Explained: Appealing a Decision Notice
If you disagree with your council’s decision on your application, or if you have not been given a decision on your application within the agreed determination period, you can appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.
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Conservation Areas: What you need to know
If the property for which you are seeking planning permission is a listed building or lies within a conservation area, your proposal is likely to be subject to stricter planning controls. This guide should help to contextualise your plans to comply with current building and planning regulations.
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Planning Applications Explained: Listed Building Consent
Listed Building Consent (LBC) is required for all works of demolition, alteration or extension to a listed building that affects its character as a building of special architectural or historical interest. This includes buildings covered by the listing protection possibly including structures attached to the main building or within the curtilage.
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Planning Applications Explained: The Decision Notice
There are three possible outcomes to a planning application: permission may be granted in full, granted with planning conditions, or refused. Read this guide to find out what this means for you.
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Planning Applications Explained: Do You Need Planning Permission?
It is not necessary to seek planning permission or building regulations approval for all improvements you plan to make to your home. Before starting to build on your property it is wise to ask your council’s planning service whether your project will need planning permission.
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Listed Buildings: What you need to know
Those who own or carry out work on a listed building must be especially careful not to adversely impact the integrity of the building. This means there are strict controls on both internal and external alterations to the building.
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Development Options: Planning Appraisal Report
Knowing how to develop your parcel of land can be a daunting and complicated process to understand. It’s important to understand the constraints and opportunities evolving from the location of the site as well as the legal and planning aspects that could affect any future development.
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Working from Home? You're not alone!
With the entire country now on Lockdown, the majority of the UK’s workers have now implemented some sort of ‘working from home’ strategy. Here’s our experience so far...
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Property in Alderley Edge
Dominated by sparsely located, large country estate houses mainly owned by the De Traffords, the development of Alderley Edge didn’t accelerate notably until the construction of the railway in 1842.
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