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The Practice

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We are
Cornwall Planning Group

Cornwall Planning Group are a planning-lead architectural firm operating out of Hayle, Cornwall. We hold a clear focus, drive and passion for producing quality builds across the country – delivering ambitious yet practical designs of the highest standard.  

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Experience
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Established in 2014 by experienced managing director Chris Menear, the company was instilled with core beliefs that inform all our work, at every stage. Focusing on sustainability, efficiency, value, effectiveness, drive and diligence has allowed us to successfully collaborate with clients across a variety of sectors, both in-county and across the greater South West. Over the past five years, we have established a range of executive clients such as Housing Developers, Private Builders Commercial Retailers and even the National Trust.

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Process
Matters

Cornwall Planning Group’s process is informed by our history, our staff and our clients – excelling in providing a comprehensive service from initial planning, to appraisals, master planning, administration, applications, all the way to final delivery – resulting in the highly esteemed practice we run today.

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The desire to create design lead architecture with affordable and sympathetic planning within Cornwall.

We pride ourselves being a friendly bunch which are always here to explain the smallest of details or more complex planning matters. From our office in Hayle Cornwall we are very fortunate to have views over St Ives Bay Cornwall which inspires our imagination, creating a beautiful environment for our customers and team to support your every desire.

“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” – Frank Gehry
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The
Team

Our team embody these values and pride themselves on their work, using their wealth of experience to offer a wide selection of services focussed on increasing the social, economic and ecological value of any project. This includes producing fully modelled architectural plans and relevant documentation such as Energy Performance Certificates, streamlining the planning permission application process. Similarly, practically performing regulatory checks such as SAP assessments and water calculations, during personal site visits, means we are able to secure structural warranties for both commercial and residential planning projects with minimal disruption.
Christopher Menear
Managing Director

What is it you do at Cornwall Planning Group?
I am the founder and owner of the business which was set up in 2014. Business growth and development is a specific responsibility.  As the business expands so new processes need to be put into place to ensure the business is operating to its very best and fulfils client expectation.

Which skill of yours are you most proud of?
I have a creative background and my hobbies and interests seem to often relate to my work. However off dry land I am a keen sailor and sea lover!  It’s cliché but every day is a school day and your palette of skills mature with experience, and surrounding yourself with like-minded people.

What do you want to achieve at Cornwall Planning Group within the next year?
To see the existing team mature and expand and with that the business continue to grow.

If you could work on any project, what would it be?
We recently completed a spectacular new build design in Portreath Cornwall. This project combined a mixture of traditional building techniques with a blend of modern architecture. The new family home measured at over 800m2 – A partner associate of Cornwall Planning Group ‘RHR Construction’ were the contractors on site who carried out both the engineering and building works. During the project the client introduced further budgets for renewable technologies and design enhancements, this was really refreshing! The view is spectacular and the people involved were great… this one will be hard to beat!
Since the above project we are extremely privileged to be working with some fantastic developers…. Check out our latest social media!

Which piece of office equipment will you never be seen without?
Sharpies black marker, I literally have one with me wherever I go.

Christy Northall
Office Manager

What is it you do at Cornwall Planning Group?
I manage all planning applications, which starts with the initial site survey, where I have a friendly chat with the client and listen to exactly what they’re looking to achieve with each project. I gather this information and liaise directly with the architects to help produce the final architectural drawings. I then create planning applications, fill out all required paperwork, from CIL forms to Design & Access Statements, order the relevant surveys and reports, deal with any issues that may arise and submit the applications to the Council. I also manage the Marketing side of things, making our prospects aware of the value that our design firm provides and guiding them toward the next step in our process.

Which skill of yours are you most proud of?
I’m extremely organised – it’s one of my passions! I’m also a keen property photographer.

What do you want to achieve at Cornwall Planning Group within the next year?
I’m always looking to increase our followers on social media, so would like to continue to provide interesting content and watch the numbers rise. Working within this industry, there is always something new to learn and I want to take on as much information as I possibly can and improve my skill set. 

If you could work on any project, what would it be?
I would love to work on a huge timber lodge, deep in the forest, overlooking the Alps. I’d then like to go and live in it please!

Which piece of office equipment will you never be seen without?
My camera, a notepad and our computer system Zoho. They are all essential items to help me keep on top of things and stay organised!

Antony Given
Architectural Technician

What is it you do at Cornwall Planning Group?
As both a CAD Technician and Building Surveyor, I enjoy a great mix of both getting out into the field and spending time behind my desk. On a site visit, I could be doing anything from finding the faults in a building to visualising a complete new build, but when I’m back in the office I’m using my computer to bring these to life!

Which skill of yours are you most proud of?
Surveying and ultimately drawing buildings requires a lot of problem solving in a really creative way, I love that no two projects are the same! So, whenever I come up with a particularly innovative solution, I’m excited to share it with the team and make it happen.

What do you want to achieve at Cornwall Planning Group within the next year?
Registering with the CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) would be an excellent reflection of my growth here at Cornwall Planning Group. Not only would it help our work to be seen by more people, it’s just an excellent stamp of approval to have on your plans, in the company of some amazing people!

If you could work on any project, what would it be?
A nice heritage conversion would do me just fine, it’s always a treat to visit such historic buildings and have the chance to work on them. I’m constantly amazed by the standard of architecture, and revel in the challenge of updating a property whilst retaining the character that made it so special in the first place!

Which piece of office equipment will you never be seen without?
Revit, the building modelling software we use, I literally couldn’t do my job without it! The programme allows us to create some extremely detailed models, which our clients really appreciate – it’s so rewarding to watch their faces light up when they see their plans for the first time!

Adam Toy
Technical planning officer

What is it you do at Cornwall Planning Group?
My title here at Cornwall Planning group is Technical Planning Officer.  This would involve the daily liaison with of our superb group of technicians, communication with clients, existing and new, to discuss what ideas they may have and the submission of your plans containing those wonderful ideas to assist bringing that dream to life. The role also includes arranging of surveys relevant to your proposal of which are required for planning submission, the preparing of CIL forms, Design & Access Statements and assisting with the marketing side of the business through social media and various other avenues.

Which skill of yours are you most proud of?
I would say that I am very personable, a bit of a chameleon.

What do you want to achieve at Cornwall Planning Group within the next year?
Having worked in estate agency over the last 7 years this is a new career for me however within a similar sector and one i am very much excited about. Once I have found my feet, I wish to be able to grow within CPG, enhance my knowledge and assist in growing the company.

If you could work on any project, what would it be?
I am terribly fond of a mix of styles. Traditional homes with clean, modern extensions. 

Which piece of office equipment will you never be seen without?
The mouse. Things would be rather difficult without it.

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Jessica Eva
Architectural Technician

What is it you do at Cornwall Planning Group?
My jobs role at CPG is an architectural technician dealing with all things planning & building regulations. I produce drawings at all stages for new and existing projects from concept stage through to completion. This includes site surveys, planning drawings, detailed drawings, schedules, specifications, and working closely with other consultants.

Which skill of yours are you most proud of?
I’m very adaptable! There is nothing il say no to and I’m always willing to jump in and and give it a go, whether it’s a crazy design that may look impossible to create, a new design method that I will research until I know the ins and outs of, or stepping into a different role in the office in order to assist the team.

What do you want to achieve at Cornwall Planning Group within the next year?
Having only just joined the practice I’m looking forward to becoming an integrated member of the team. I’d like to broaden my knowledge of renewable energy and learn the skills needed to undertake air pressure testing, SAP and ECP’s.

If you could work on any project, what would it be?
I would love to work on a barn conversion with a unique contemporary twist. I love the stark contrast between old and new. I think it’s important to retain the character and history of a building whilst creating a space that can be used now and for many years to come. Every building needs a little wow aspect.

Which piece of office equipment will you never be seen without?
A Scale Ruler! When talking through initial designs with clients, one of the most common questions is size and scale of the rooms so having a scale rule is hugely beneficial in giving clients a clear understanding of the space being achieved and also allows you to sketch amendments with the clients to create exactly what they want.

Matthew Fordyce
Architectural Technician

What is it you do at Cornwall Planning Group?
I am an Architectural Technician, managing projects throughout both planning and technical design, as well as liaising with clients and consultants.

Which skill of yours are you most proud of?
My background has predominantly involved acting as lead consultant on large multi-million-pound retirement living developments, as well as in the retail sector for well-known convenience stores. As such I have developed skills in management and coordination of other consultants works in addition to also providing the architectural services and packages of works at each stage of construction to meet the requirements of the client.

What do you want to achieve at Cornwall Planning Group within the next year?
I am an Associate member of CIAT and would like to progress to become a fully accredited MCIAT to further my career and recognition as a skilled professional in the industry.

If you could work on any project, what would it be?
To design and build my own home. Then again, wouldn’t we all!

Which piece of office equipment will you never be seen without? Revit. I have been using the software all of my professional career and it has proved an invaluable tool for successful schemes. 3D models are not only useful to portray the project visually to the client, but buildings a virtual version of a project ensures all the technical detailing and coordination is done before being built for real.

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