Welcome to Plans and Planning

Plans and Planning specialises in the design of home extensions and re-modelling of family homes in the Manchester and North Cheshire area.

We can help and guide you through the planning process and then provide you with the detailed calculations and construction drawings to make sure your project has the best chance of a successful construction phase.

Below are the elements we target to give a project the best chance of success;

  1. A clear brief agreed at a meeting with the person who is going to complete the design work.
  2. A design process that includes your input at every stage with clear 3d visualisations and drawings.
  3. The ability to negotiate any issues with local planning offices.
  4. A review of the consented proposal to ensure final detailing and layouts
  5. Full structural calculations and incorporation of the actual steel work into the proposed model of the house
  6. Fully detailed construction drawings checked by the Building Inspector before tender by builders
  7. Hand over to contractor to ensure that the project is fully understood.

Plans and Planning will complete each step for you to give you the best start to a successful build.

Check the Case Studies and the Results page to see the range of projects and the success rate.

From terraced homes to large detached houses in the Green Belt – we complete around 75 projects a year and have a very high success rate, currently around 96%, with planning consents.

If you want to extend your home Plans and Planning will help you through the architectural design and planning process. We will prepare all the drawings for Planning Applications and for Building Regulations and submit the applications on your behalf. Plans and Planning is an accredited partner with Cheshire East and Stockpot Building Control and works closely with planning and building control offices throughout Manchester and North Cheshire.

We work with the local planning departments in and around Manchester & North Cheshire including Altrincham, Manchester, Stockport, Macclesfield, Trafford, Tameside, Warrington and surrounding towns.

If your project comes within the rules for Permitted Development we will advise and where doubt exists can apply to the planning office for a Certificate of Lawful Development.

Based in Bramhall, Cheshire we have experience  extending houses just like yours throughout Manchester and Cheshire.

Our approach is simple and cost effective – We know that most home-owners know what they want and just need the advice, experience and expertise we offer to make it happen.

Our service will take you step by step from an initial feasibility study through to detailed construction drawings.

We offer a personal, professional and affordable architectural service & free planning advice – just call: 07770 820611 or email pfkirk@plansandplanning.co.uk

The Process –

  1. Following your initial contact we will arrange a meeting to discuss your project – following the meeting I will provide a full quotation covering all the elements of the work from drawing the existing property to hand over to the builder.
  2. We then agree a day for the actual survey – typically 3 to 4 hours to complete detailed drawings of the existing house.
  3. Within a week of survey you will receive a set of drawings of the existing house and my first draft of the proposed house.
  4. The drawings will usually include photo realistic ‘visuals’ and more traditional floor plans sections and elevations. The format allows you to add notes to the drawings which I will use to create a new draft.
  5. This process carries on until we have arrived at the point where we can submit a planning application.
  6. I submit the application and complete any modifications requested by the planner as the proposal goes through the planning process – usually 8 weeks.
  7. Whilst going through planning it is a good opportunity to meet and short list possible builders.

After Planning –

  1. Once planning is achieved – or we are sure it will be – we then review the drawings for any changes you may want to consider.
  2. I then brief the structural engineer who will provide the calculations for all structural elements.
  3. The drawings are then detailed for structure and building regulations.
  4. All drawings and calculations are submitted to the Building Inspector for independent checking.
  5. Once approved the drawings and calculations are available for issuing to builders for formal tender.
  6. We are then available throughout the project to assist you and the builder as the build takes place.

3D Drawings –  Recent Quote regarding 3d  “For those of us without the visualization skills of an architect who can easily glean proportions and a sense of spatial relationships from mere 2D floor plans and elevations, this is a godsend.

Drawings – It is important when comparing quotes to understand the types of drawings and what is included in the quote;

Types of Drawing provided by Plans and Planning – you need both
Planning – minimum required for a planning application, existing and proposed elevations, floor plans – all to scale.
Construction – Detailed for construction with all Structural Calculations and Building Regulations specifications. All independently checked and approved.

There is more information on our Building Regulations page.

Testimonials

We bought a forever home on the border of Cheadle Hulme/Bramhall with my growing family. We instantly fell in love with its period charm and beautiful plot. We have two young children and the house simply isn’t large enough for us. Luckily the plot is. Having no previous building experience we called philip for a meeting at our home and instantly he put us at ease with his knowledge, great ideas and similar vision for the house. I liked that he lives locally and his computer renders made the whole process easy to follow. Philip never once complained at our many changes, 7 drafts I recall. We obtained planning first time which Philip did all the paperwork for on approximately 180sq m extension and are planning to go ahead soon. I would not hesitate to recommend Philip to anyone needing help with their home.

Adrian SneliusMoss Lane Bramhall

We cannot thank Phil enough for his personal, professional and honest support in our house extension. When it comes to something so close to you, you need to have experts around that you can trust in. We can sincerely say that Phil would not let you down. He listened to our needs and gave us valuable and honest advice, which we are truly grateful for. We are so thankful that we found Phil to help us achieve our dream home. We thoroughly recommend him to all.

Gemma ReevesRear Extension

“We applied for planning permission to convert an old agricultural building into a dwelling. The building had some historic significance so it was important that we made the most of the space whilst preserving the character. Phil came up with an innovative design that we were delighted with.  He incorporated some contemporary elements key to modern living, whilst maintaining the character that conservation officer was keen to preserve. The finished designs looked great and enabled us to get a good appreciation of what the building could look like when completed”.

Billy MyersBarn Conversion

We contacted Phil @ Plans and Planning when we decided to look at a full loft conversion, after numerous discussions it came apparent that if we were to go ahead with this, then we needed to take the whole roof off and start from scratch, within days Phil presented us with full 3d online visuals of what we could do and what it would look like, throughout the project Phil has always been on hand to answer any queries or sort planning issues out with the local council, the project is now finished and I have to say, it’s amazing!!. I would not hesitate in using Plans and Planning again or to recommend him to anyone else.

Thanks Phil

David PickupAlton Rd Wilmslow

LABC Partner
Planning Portal