Figura's track record

We have achieved a 100% success ratewith our Planning Applications in the UK. That is to say that, in all cases, we have produced a result which is satisfactory for our client, either by negotiation with the Local Authority, or by winning an appeal if negotiations failed.

We do not take on hopeless cases, but we have overcome severe obstacles on some difficult sites, where others had failed. To achieve this we undertake, at the outset, all impact assessments and statements which may be necessary to fight an appeal. 

These might include:

  1. Environmental, Landscape, Arboricultural and Floodplain Impact Assessments

  2. Planning and Design Statements

  3. Topographic, Structural, Botanic and Photographic Surveys.

  4. We have a team of colleagues, based in Cambridge, UK, who work with us on these Planning Applications.

Figura specialises in planning difficult sites in sensitive locations, for example:

  1. An Award-winning New House in Grade 1 Listed Parkland.

  2. A House and Outbuildings in the Green Belt.

  3. A New House in the garden of a Listed Building.

  4. A 33% increase in development density achieved through the demolition of a Listed Building.

  5. A 40% increase in development density achieved through the conservation of existing buildings.

  6. A 92% increase in development value on a site within the Floodplain of a major river.

 

Listed buildings

 

Figura brings a fresh approach to planning alterations to Listed Buildings. This sometimes involves taking a robust stand with the Local Conservation Department. We have found that clients are sometimes intimidated by what appear to be arbitrary decisions by Conservation Officers. 

It is vital to have intimate knowledge of the building methods of Historic Buildings before approaching the Local Authority. We have considerable experience in designing and actually carrying out the conversion or alteration of Listed Buildings.

If we do not have the knowledge, we can quickly find it through our Cambridge colleagues. Our approach has achieved some unusual results, such as this contemporary extension to an important Listed Building.