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When planning permission is refused by a Local Planning Authority, the applicant has the right of appeal to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The Planning Inspectorate is then appointed to determine appeals on behalf of the Secretary of State.

At SMA we have a good understanding of the planning system and have experienced staff who have appeared at numerous high profile Planning Appeals for a wide range of development types. We have an excellent track record of assisting our Clients to successful outcomes at appeals, either through Written Representations, Informal Hearings or Public Inquiries.

Our careful preparation of evidence and knowledge of planning and highway regulations has helped to provide a good record for our Clients.

We have provided written evidence and attended public inquiries and local hearings on behalf of many clients in the past and have represented clients in a range of industries. For more information about how we might be able to assist your requirements, please speak to a member of our experienced team.

Noteworthy appeals have included:
Carnedd Wen – Appearance at conjoined inquiry for a 150 MW wind farm and habitat restoration in Mid-Wales.

Kirby Cross – Successful appeal for 240 residential dwellings, with community hub; including a 40-bed car home, together with access, parking and green infrastructure.

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At SMA, we have extensive experience in providing transportation, environmental, infrastructure and civils/structural design services to a range of Clients.

Our experienced and qualified staff bring commercial awareness and a proactive approach to all commissions, which range from small scale sites to large urban extensions, strategic development and multi-million pound projects.

Whether you require an initial high-level appraisal, completion of technical reports to accompany a Planning Application or detailed design post consent, SMA have the capabilities to do it all.

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November 2017 Update

20 - 11 - 2017

Lidl opens new store in Calcot, Reading Lidl’s new store at Calcot opened its doors on 26th October. SMA was pleased to assist Lidl during the planning and detail design stages, with the Transport Assessment and S278 highways works.