So Sound Design


planning application

The So Sound architectural design team, in Leeds and Manchester, have the expertise to obtain planning permission for you, our client, on projects ranging from small extensions, basements and loft conversions, to large new build properties and commercial schemes.

At So Sound Design we can provide everything required for your application, including feasibility studies, a full site survey of your property or site, production sketch schemes, production of full planning applications drawings, design and access statements, planning statements and submission of your application.

It will be the responsibility of the So Sound architecture team to monitor and manage your application, liaise with the local planning department and ensure your project has a winning chance of gaining planning approval.

For some small domestic projects that may be exempt from planning, we are able to apply for and obtain a Lawful Development Certificate.

Latest Projects

residential - stone cottage extension

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So Sound Design provided us with a consultancy and design service, which allowed us to complete our renovation activity in just eight weeks and within a restricted and finite budget. Their excellent understanding of the planning process ensured that planning permission was granted quickly, with no issues – particularly challenging given the location of the building in a conservation area. Their design consultancy service ensured we were able to make well considered design decisions which allowed us to meet our aspirations within our limited budget. The resulting schedule of works provided by So Sound Design allowed us to manage our contractors and suppliers to very specific deliverables, enabling tight control of budget and timescales. It was a pleasure working with such a professional, knowledgeable and customer focussed organisation.

The Pavilion

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How are your fees worked out?
At So Sound Design we pride ourselves on providing fair and competitive fees. You can select all or part of our services and our fees will be worked out depending on your requirements. Some projects are best worked out on an hourly rate whilst others require a fixed fee or percentage fee, or we may suggest a combination of all three. In any event we remain open and consistent with our pricing structure.

Do I need Building Control Approval?
Almost certainly, most projects (apart from minor alterations) require Building Control approval.

At what point should I involve an architect/architectural designer in my project?
As early as possible! At So Sound Design we provide creative guidance and advice most effectively the earlier we can be involved in the process. This allows us to make the best of any available opportunities and avoid potential pitfalls.

Will you need any other professionals on your project?
Every project is different and has different requirements and we will advise you of any other consultants that may be required. At So Sound Design we have built professional relationships with private building inspectors, planning advisers, structural engineers and landscape architects to ensure we are able to provide our clients with a complete service for their project.

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