Planning Services

Consultants on this Lot are able to offer a wide range of advice on all matters concerned with planning, development and environmental issues surrounding building projects.

What services are covered?

1. Pre-application: 

  • Initiate and undertake pre-application consultation with LPA and other key stakeholders as appropriate
  • Attend meetings with the client
  • Set up pre-application stakeholder consultation / community engagement events
  • Prepare and submit EIA screening – confirm scope and content of planning application with LPA
  • Identify and procure additional technical inputs to support application
  • Issue planning application checklist for design team and attend STMs and CEMS (as necessary)

2. Planning Application: 

  • Collate, review and co-ordinate technical reports for planning application and technical surveys required
  • Preparation and submission of planning application and maintaining the application tracker
  • Meetings and discussions with LPA to review the application progress
  • Presentation to Planning Committee and negotiation and conclusion for s106 (if required)

3. Planning Appeal:

  • Managing the process of discharging pre-commencement conditions
  • Preparation and submission of applications for discharging pre-commencement conditions
  • Managing the process under any s106 agreement
  • Maintain conditions tracker to manage the process


  1. AMR Consult
  2. Land Use Consultants
  3. Oander
  4. West Waady Archadia
  5. BPTW
  6. Tetra Tech
  7. Frankham
  8. Pegasus Planning

Award Options

Direct Award

Customers are able to Direct Award to the top ranked architect on this Lot providing that your requirement is within the scope of the framework. In this case it is AMR Consult. In exceptional cases, you are able to direct award outside of number 1 with a strong justification. If you’d like to speak to us about this in more detail please get in touch.

How long will this take me?

A direct award will take approximately 3-4 weeks depending on your internal approval processes.

Mini Competition

You’re also able to run a mini-competition to call off this framework. You’ll be able to use your own specification and cost model. You can also choose your own cost / quality split and quality questions. All pricing submitted by contractors must be linked to the framework.

How long will this take me?

Once you have your specification and cost model ready, the tender process takes approximately 6-8 weeks, depending on your internal approval processes.

Contract Options

Which contract form can I use?

You’re able to chose from a number of different contract forms: 

  1. RICS Short Form of Consultants Appointment,
  2. a contract from the JCT suite, or
  3.  you’re able to use your own form of bespoke contract. 

Accessing this Framework

Who can access this framework?

Any publically funded body can use this framework – access is not limited to SEC Members alone. Full details can be found here.

To access this framework compliantly you’ll need to sign a copy of our access agreement. You can download a template version of the agreement here – Consultancy Authorising Agreement (Members) and Consultancy Authorising Agreement (Guests).

Is there a cost to access? 

There is no access fee to use this framework. A levy % dependant on whether you are a guest or member is collected directly from the contractor once a call off contract is awarded. This percentage will never be more than 1.5% for Members and 2% for Guests.

What are frameworks?

Learn more about how frameworks work and how our sector uses them.

Framework Tender

We procured this framework through a two-stage restricted process. At the first stage interested suppliers completed a Selection Questionnaire (SQ). From there we then invited select tenderers to complete a second stage Invitation to Tender (ITT).

The cost and quality elements of each tender was evaluated at 40% cost and 60% quality. More detail on this can be found below.

Next Steps

Ready to use this framework?

Please contact us today. Our Procurement team will support you with your requirements. 

Have some further questions?

Check out our FAQs page here. Or contact a member of the team today – we’re happy to help.

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