Planning Applications - A pencil can be best

There are times when a bit of artistic licence works wonders and precision drawings can actually work against you.

In these days of digital imagery and computer aided design (CAD) everything is millimetre perfect and if it’s not, it doesn’t work. However, in the world of conceptual design and outline planning, when all you want to do is provide an impression of what a development might look like, you can’t beat a good old fashioned sketch.

More commonly known as an artist’s impression, these hand drawn images are a visual representation of a scene when no other accurate representation is available. Use of perspective helps to add a touch of realism and a loose, sketchy appearance means there are no fixed dimensions that could be used to set a precedent for the subsequent detail design stage.

JHWalter secured planning approval for a development of four houses in Burton-by-Lincoln on land that could be considered open countryside, close to listed buildings and adjacent to the Conservation Area.  We have since achieved approval for the detailed design of the scheme, which was created using CAD in order to provide the accuracy required for construction.  However, the most important image used in the whole project was a hand drawn coloured sketch used to obtain the initial outline planning approval.  This sketch was highly influential in achieving planning approval and, as it turned-out, the detailed design of the scheme needed to reflect the design characteristics initially set down by this sketch.  If it wasn’t for the sketch outline planning approval may not have been granted.

This initial sketch and the subsequent detailed CAD work were created by Architectural Designer at JHWalter, Peter Welch, a highly skilled illustrator with over 25 year experience in architecture.

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