Preliminary Planning Assessment (PPA)
Our preliminary planning assessment is designed to understand the planning laws that relate to your property. Watch this video to learn more…
A preliminary planning assessment generally answers:
- What are the planning laws that apply to the property in the context of your ambition?
- Are there any exempt or complying ‘loopholes’ that might simplify the process?
- Are there any State Environmental Planning policies that are particularly relevant to your ambitions?
- What will be the components, cost, and likely time frame of the next step (e.g., lodging a development application, concept development, or maybe pre-lodgement liaison with Council)?
5 Reasons to get a PPA on your Property
- To avoid wasting time and money on putting together an application only to find out that the development you want is not permissible or that there is an easier way to achieve your goals for your property
- More importantly, you may discover that there is a development option that is better and more rewarding than the option you had thought of
- To understand the environmental planning restraints that apply to the property
- To explore the alternative scenarios that the planning law might allow (i.e., tie down the unknown unknowns)
- To receive preliminary advice on the likelihood of development consent based on our 40+ years of experience
What our Preliminary Assessment is not
The preliminary assessment is not a one-step shop. It allows you (and it allows us) to get on top of your action and the key issues that your proposal will face when it comes to getting council approval. It helps to define and articulate the best way forward. Many people make the mistake of going too quickly into detail, before they know their options and rights.
But why can’t you just give me an upfront quote for my whole project?
Often our clients ask us, ‘How much does it cost to get council approval? or ‘How much will it cost for you to prepare my development application?
The answer is simple: ‘Prescription without diagnosis is malpractice.’
The planning law in NSW has many layers and variables. Each property is different. Each council’s rules are different. At Fragar Planning and Development, we strive for integrity and adherence to professional standards. If we were to haphazardly quote before doing a preliminary planning assessment (i.e., proper professional research), we would be dealing with too many uncertainties (what sort of approval is needed, what documentation would need to be included, or what are the key issues to be addressed to make your application complete under the planning law).
Should the outcome of the preliminary planning assessment be unfavourable, you are not obliged to proceed with our services. This assessment allows us to examine the details and nuances of your proposal against the planning law. Should you be happy with our advice, we can help you with the next steps. We have a very high success rate with getting approval and a strong relationship with council staff.
But another consultant has quoted on doing a full application without being engaged to do a preliminary planning assessment
Imagine this scenario.
First Doctor: You call up a doctor saying you have an infected toe and you need his help. He gives you a quote over the phone or via email: ‘It will cost $x to amputate your toe’. Ouch.
Second Doctor: You call up a second doctor and say you have an infected toe and need his help. This doctor, however, doesn’t jump to conclusions. He quotes a small amount for a consultation. He then looks carefully at your toe, researches all the medications and options available to you, and then prescribes the best way forward. Not only that, but he also says that by the end of his preliminary assessment you still have the option of going to another doctor. But he explains he doesn’t look at your toe for free as he needs to do sound research to be able to give you the best advice.
Which doctor would you choose?
What are people saying about our Preliminary Planning Assessment?
“Enormous thanks to Max and Fragar Planning & Development (FP&D); with their wealth of experience in the planning process and working with councils, we can now realise our dream of a modest home in a lovely setting. In addition to their professionalism, we couldn’t have been more impressed with FP&D’s attention and genuine understanding of our needs. Thank you so much .We couldn’t have done it without you.”
How do I get started?
- Send us an email with the subject ‘Please proceed’ and include any background info
- Engage us by paying our commencement account (this avoids paperwork, credit checks, and allows us to get started straight away).
Why are we different?
- We employ ex council staff (we know councils inside out)
- We have been in business for almost 20 years (Est. 1996)
- We are a family based business
- We are Certified Practicing Planners
- We focus on taking the stress out of dealing with Council
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Can you handle my full development application?
Yes. The further we get into a project, the more our rapport with Council and our experience will benefit you. We can handle preliminary assessments, formulation of an application, post-lodgement care, discussion with senior council staff and councillors, through to implementation of the approval.
“We would recommend Fragar Planning & Development to anybody and everyone that needs help in dealing with Council. No matter how big or small the project is, they are willing to help just the average Australian. “
Josephine & Paul Attard, Horsley Park
How long will the preliminary assessments take?
We have a 7 working day turnaround time unless we agree otherwise (note that sometimes this turnaround time is accelerated for urgencies or extended for complicated assessments but we will discuss this with you before you engage us).