Plans get uprooted

Creating your own premises

Using a psychiatrist’s new premises as a case study, over a series of four articles, Maurice Citron presents a diary of a clinic build. He sketches out some of the important issues and processes you will need to consider if you decide to acquire, develop and trade from your own clinical property.

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An artist’s impression of the rear extension at Esher Groves

My first article last month considered some of the issues practitioners could expect to encounter when they acquire a property for development. Now let’s look at the planning and preliminary stages of a project.

The planning system

Your development is likely to require one or more planning consents. This may involve a change of use, consent to extend, refurbish or convert.

The planning system in the UK can be contentious and there are, at any one time, a plethora of vested interests in each planning application.