Preferred Partners

We have built up a network of trusted specialist professionals who make up our Preferred Partners.

This service ensures that almost any specialist advice required through the Four Stage Planning & Design Process can be dealt with quickly and efficiently to provide the best possible chance of success.

Our Preferred Partners work with the Planning and Architecture teams to provide the necessary technical support required to address site constraints and issues that may arise from local residents through to the statutory consultees that assess the application after submission.

If you are interested in becoming a Preferred Partner please do not hesitate to contact Brian Woods on
01737 225711.

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WSPA Preferred Partners



Preparation and Brief

We work closely with all of our clients to shape a clear design brief from the outset of each project. The site constraints often dictate the level of specialist external advice required to support a planning application. Obtaining topographical surveys, seeking highways, heritage, noise, arboricultural and ecological advice at an early stage is fundamental to ensuring the best chance of obtaining planning permission and ensuring the project can be built successfully from the outset.

Preferred Partners or input from other external consultants are not always necessary on every application, however it is becoming more important to front load applications to ensure sufficient information is provided for the Local Planning Authority as well as reducing the number of pre-commencement conditions that slow down the process after permission has been granted.

  • Involves: Liaising with Preferred Partners or external consultants at an early stage
  • Results in: Obtaining necessary fee proposals from identified Preferred Partners

Pre-application submission

The Concept Design covers the outline proposals for the project leading to a pre application submission to the Local Planning Authority where required. While projects vary, this stage ensures that the Design brief has been met before moving on to the Developed design stage. Additional reports may not be required at this stage to validate a pre-application submission, however where there are significant constraints or the high probability that one of the Local Planning Authorities internal consultees will need to comment then providing the necessary information at an early stage can secure a more positive response from the Local Planning Authority at this stage.

  • Involves: Liaising with Preferred Partners or external consultants and addressing planning policy and site constraints with the necessary information
  • Results in: Client approval and/or Pre-Application submission (Usually requires a meeting with and written response from the Local Planning Authority)

Planning Application Submission

Leading to the Planning Application submission

Using feedback from the client and/or pre application process the Developed Design can be finalised. We work closely with our Preferred Partners and/or external consultants to ensure that the site constraints and relevant planning policies have been addressed in order to progress with an application. This often involves Arboricultural reports to identify tree constraints and protection plans, Highways reports to ensure pedestrian and vehicular safety and Ecology walkovers to ensure that wildlife and protected species are not harmed by the proposal. Other reports that are becoming mandatory are Energy Statements and Community Infrastructure Levy forms setting out any necessary contributions triggered by the proposal.

Architectural Visualisation is used for all types of application and can make all the difference when conveying the impact of a proposal on the character of the area. Some Local Planning Authorities will request Architectural Visualisations to use at Planning Committee to provide additional detail for members of the public or elected members to provide additional detail.

  • Involves: Liaising with Preferred Partners to ensure that the Planning Submission covers all of the constraints identified at the outset or following pre application feedback from the Local Planning Authority
  • Results in: Planning application submission; monitoring application through to decision. Liaising with Preferred Partners and/or external consultants to ensure that internal consultee comments are responded too where necessary

Technical Design

Building Regulations, discharge of conditions and beyond

Following receipt of the planning approval there may be the need to discharge conditions as well as handling the detailed technical design before construction can commence. Our services include Building Regulations drawings and submissions, detailed drawings and specifications, tendering and contract administration. Our Preferred Partners and/or external consultants will provide specialist reports to aid the discharge or conditions and provide technical information such as Structural Calculations for Buildings Regulations as well as advice from Quantity Surveyors on costings to enable us to go out to tender on building projects.

  • Involves: Assessing planning conditions; Co-ordinating external consultants; Building Regulations drawings; detailed drawings & specifications
  • Results in: Releasing pre commencement conditions; Building Regulations plans approval; Contract administration; Hand over

Aerial Photography

Solent Sky Services

The South’s premier aerial filming and drone photography services. Solent Sky Services operate the DJI Mavic Pro and DJI Inspire 2, plus a broad range of camera gear for creating promotional and climatic short films on the ground.

They occasionally use GoPros on telescopic poles with bespoke stabilisation equipment to diversify the imagery they capture during property surveys. The Digital Cameras (DSLRs) and related equipment are also used when mixing aerial and ground shots to produce promotional films for businesses, events or individuals.

360° cameras give them the opportunity to offer shops, restaurants and other places interior panoramas which can be featured on Google Maps and thus improve search engine list positioning.

Contact Mike Woods on 02393 879 555.

Arboricultural Consultant

David Archer Associates

David Archer is a well respected Arboricultural Consultant handling a wide variety of tree related work including:

  • Residential and Commercial sites
  • Arboricultural Method Statements
  • Tree Protection Plans
  • Expert evidence at appeal

Contact David Archer on 01273 597796 or

Architectural Visualisation

The Polygon Studio

The Polygon Studio are a highly creative and passionate digital studio with over 10 years’ experience in the industry. We work seamlessly alongside our clients from the initial concept to final production, adapting to their individual creative workflow. We provide creative solutions for 3D Visualisation, 3D Animation and 3D Print covering architectural visualisation, property marketing, company videos, photorealistic walkthroughs, architectural models and company branding.

3D Visualisation
We specialise in creating emotive computer generated images with stunning photo realism which create a real impact.

3D Animation
We combine CG animations, motion graphics and high quality imagery and audio to create captivating film.

3D Print
We utilise detailed 3D modelling and the latest 3D SLA printing technologies to create beautifully finished, bespoke 3D models. Turning your ideas into reality.

Get in touch with Dan Greenway on 07739072281 or email

Ecology Consultant

Applied Ecology Ltd

Applied Ecology Ltd specialises in the provision of business-focused ecological expertise

We operate across the UK, providing support to the following sectors:

  • Commercial and residential
  • Mineral extraction and restoration
  • Nature conservation and biodiversity
  • Transport infrastructure
  • Urban regeneration
  • Utility development

Funding Specialists

St Georges Finance

At SGF we know securing funding takes time and effort: no matter how experienced you are. The good news is we’re here to get the finance you need, and to make the process as straightforward and stress free as possible.

Because we’re award winning independent funding specialists we have access to the entire market. More importantly, we know which lenders operate in which sectors and how to negotiate the best deal for you. So our knowledge and expertise saves you time, legwork, and worry. We help clients to secure:

  • Commercial Mortgages
  • Buy-to-Let Mortgages
  • Property Development Fundingv
  • Cash Flow Finance

We work on a no success, no fee basis. If we don’t believe we can raise the funding you’re looking for, we’ll tell you.

Contact either Kevin Power or Adrian Dadds on 01737 652 122 or email

Heritage Consultant

The Heritage Advisory
The Heritage Advisory provides independent, commercially informed advice and services in the historic environment and conservation. For schemes involving listed buildings, conservation areas, scheduled monuments, new design or archaeological deposits, we provide support at all stages of planning and development.

From feasibility and concept, throughout the whole of the planning process, to site and the discharge of conditions or appeal.

Acting on behalf of developers, architects, planners and property owners, our expertise is drawn from projects across the public, private and third sectors, involving a wide variety of historic buildings and areas, throughout the UK. As a result, our approach to advocacy and negotiation with authorities on behalf of clients is pragmatic and objective, whilst remaining both cost-efficient and effective.

The Heritage Advisory, call 07951 926869, or email

Highways Consultants

Stilwell Partnership

Our Highway Consultants add value at the inception of the Housing or Commercial Development. Traffic engineers model solutions to traffic planning, parking, and highway design. Subsequently, we produce AutoCAD drawings to required highway design standards, which may then form the basis of a Section 278 and/or 38 agreement


Motion works in partnership with clients and transport authorities to achieve innovative, sustainable, integrated, viable and safe transport solutions. Our wide-ranging skills are deployed frequently, though not exclusively, on development led projects.

Landscape Consultants

Petrow Harley

Petrow Harley is an award winning practice of Chartered Landscape Architects with over twenty years professional experience. We have successfully worked on over 500 separate projects and developed a collaborative and ideas led approach to the problem solving of environmental issues faced when making changes to our world. This is successfully combined with the technical abilities we have amassed over many years for a broad range of private and public sector clients. Our strength lies with our ability to bring together the diverse skills and experience required within a working culture that combines creativity, pragmatism and commercial sense.

Draffin Associates

Draffin Associates is an independent landscape and environmental design consultancy, the core skills being landscape planning and design offered in a personal and responsive service. We assist landowners, and property developers in enhancing their land investment. We help clients to build commercially successful schemes while addressing environmental issues.

Noise Consultants

Adnitt Acoustics

Adnitt Acoustics is an independent acoustic consultancy practice based in Epsom in Surrey. Our services span the entire design and build process, from providing sound and vibration design advice and solutions to testing and monitoring of noise, dust and air leakage.

With most development sites in the South East affected by some form of transport noise, meeting the acoustic components of local authority planning requirements can be onerous. We help clients through the planning process by assessing the extent of any problem, providing practical recommendations, producing the necessary reports and, if appropriate, attending planning meetings.

We can also assess the situation where a new development might affect noise sensitive residential neighbours, including licensing and planning applications.

Call 020 7099 9735 or email Chris Turner at

Party Wall Surveyors

Solent Surveying Services

Solent Surveying Services provide advice and guidance on the Party Wall Act 1996. They assist building owners, adjoining owners and builders, surveyors, architects and contractors.

What drives Solent Surveying Services is being able to assist in enabling projects to take place and to resolve and help prevent disputes. They enjoy meeting people in general, people are like buildings, they all have different personalities and constructions! They strive to create legacy and be good ancestors. Customer experience is paramount and a bespoke service is important to us.

Contact Mike Woods on 02393 879 555.