Planning Application Support for Homeowners

Based in Dorset, Darryl Howells Planning Consultancy offers planning application support for homeowners throughout the county, and along the south coast.

Your Perfect Property Project. Or Is It?

Are you considering an extension to your property? A renovation, or a
re-modelling project? You’re not moving, you’re improving – and that’s great. Your new, family-friendly, more usable spaces are tantalisingly close. 

But, hold fast. Just take a minute.

You do NOT want your dream scheme to turn into a nightmare. Avoid, avoid. Failing to get planning permission, should you end up needing it, will be costly and super-stressful. Quite frankly, an enforcement notice is not what you need right now.

My name is Darryl Howells. With over 24 years’ experience in the complicated environment of planning applications and appeals, I run DHPC.

And, we can help. 

As founder and Managing Director of the business, I have both-sides-of-the-fence knowledge and expertise. How? Because I worked for several years as a planning officer at the local planning authority.

As the saying goes, more power to YOUR elbow. To express it another way, DHPC understands their thought processes, and what they need to see in order to approve your application.


Projet de construction d'une maison individuelle d'architecte

Do You Need Planning Permission?

Ah, the big question.

Often, the answer is: under Permitted Development Rights: no. But equally often the answer could just be: it’s best to check, so get in touch.

Mostly, smaller domestic extensions are considered to be permitted development, subject to planning legislation rules, as well as erecting sheds, garages and greenhouses. Likewise, small alterations to your roof (a skylight for instance), painting the walls, and porous paving in your front garden. These often require no formal approval.

Nevertheless, we would urge you to check before any development occurs.  

For more ambitious or contentious schemes, you may well need council approval.

As a Rule of Thumb

Or, a truth universally acknowledged, perhaps. All things considered, when it comes to planning application support for homeowners, don’t Do It Yourself. We can help you:

We can source all the information you need, (eg tree reports, flood risk assessments, and so on). And, we’ll guide you through the whole process, every step of the way.

Here to Help

Our role is to secure your planning permission. It’s as simple as that, but it can be a complicated process. We’re here to maximise your chances.

Our Work