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Posted By: fostertomI don't believe that 'relationship with the local planners' thing that clients look for because it sounds like sense from their friends and advisors. The only way that seems to help is when terrible crummy applications get through and one fears that e.g. farmers have leaned on their Councillor mates to get Consent for yet another dreary conspicuous bungalow for family member in some virgin field, prob against Officers' recommendation.There was a time when there were architectural old-hands in Planning Depts, that one could have a creative design conversation with, but that's long-gone, and now there's a different breed with no time for that. Sometimes LB and Conservation Officers have a bit more time for such conversations. But the turnover of staff is considerable and it's rare to deal with the same Officer twice.What works is not special relationship, but just obviously knowing what you're talking about (not difficult to beat the average on that), presenting proposals with excellent drawings (again, very easy to stand out from most of the rubbish they have to look at), playing the advanced Sustainability/Energy card (they often go out on a limb to support that), and treating them as peers, not as annoyances to be manipulated (advice like 'ask for more, so they can cut you down'). They often seem pitifully grateful for the latter!Ask for exactly what you really really want, beautifully drawn, no games, just substantiate its 'rightness' and let that energy carry you through.
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