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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 a 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.

Morgan Wildman
Office Manager

What is it you do at Cornwall Planning Group?
I joined Cornwall Planning Group in 2014 and became Office Manager in 2017 – supporting the team by organising their day to day workflow. Over the past 5 years, my planning knowledge has grown along with our relationship with Cornwall Council’s planning departments and Building Control authorities. I enjoy building excellent client relationships through understanding their needs and requirements.

Which skill of yours are you most proud of?
My qualifications as an SAP assessor and air testing engineer allow me to supply advice and support to our clients through the development of their projects. No matter what stage of the build we come in at, it’s a really unique skill to offer!

What do you want to achieve at Cornwall Planning Group within the next year?
I am now looking to begin training in our drawings softwares. This would allow me to become more involved with the customer experience, building on my design ideas and working more closely with clients on projects. Being around such talented technicians in the office has really inspired me!

If you could work on any project, what would it be?
I would love to work on a project in a unique location and to provide a design that would make the most of the views and setting. Operating within Cornwall has already allowed us to work on some really stunning projects – but capturing just how special the county is has become a real passion of mine.

Which piece of office equipment will you never be seen without?
Definitely my notepad, not the most exciting I know, but I’m constantly taking messages and keeping on top of new pieces of information for the team – so my trusty notepad is my first point of call! We work with so many fancy gadgets here, but sometimes you can’t beat the classics!

Philip Carlin BSc, FdSc, HND, ACIAT
Architectural Technician

What is it you do at Cornwall Planning Group?
I work as both a Building Surveyor and a CAD Technician, producing reports on a given building or potential site before drawing up the work I plan to do on them. Basically, I can not only tell you how to best make use of your space – I’ll draw it for you as well!

Which skill of yours are you most proud of?
Building Surveying gives you the ability to look at a building and instantly have a good understanding of how the building was constructed. It really helps me to see things clearly, making me a lot more efficient in my work; it’s really rewarding!

What do you want to achieve at Cornwall Planning Group within the next year?
To become fully CIAT Qualified (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists)! As an associate member, I particularly enjoy being part of the architecture community, but gaining full qualification would be a great reflection of all the hard work myself and the whole team put in to every project.

If you could work on any project, what would it be?
I would love to design a 100% eco-friendly dwelling! Something like this would really fall in line with our values here at Cornwall Planning Group as a whole – it would be a great thing to have in our history. Personally though, I really see increasing sustainability as the future of our plans, so the concept of a totally environmentally conscious build is really exciting.

Which piece of office equipment will you never be seen without?
My Disto! As part of my job I have to measure all sorts of distances, in some really difficult to access places! Having something like a laser measurer is super useful – making my plans more accurate and ensuring we never get stuck in a tight spot, sometimes literally!

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!

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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.

Christy Northall
Planning & Marketing Executive

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!

New CPG Staff member
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New CPG Staff member
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