Town Planning Companies

Why Developers Need the Services of Experienced Town Planning Consultants Town planning companies provide expert services related to development planning. The town planners coordinate the land use processes, and act as intermediaries with the local council, whereby they represent the interests of their clients. With town planning companies handling the zoning and permission applications on behalf of clients, they save their clients time, frustration, and money. The town planning companies, such as The Practice Group, can thus assist with your development project in the following ways: Provide advice during the project’s design phase We will review and comment on the development plans on aspects such as compliance with local council and statutory regulations. If you involve us from early on, our team of town planners will be able to help you save costs related to plan redrawing and the application process. Draft the application for development As one of the experienced town planning companies in South Africa, we already know which pitfalls to avoid and how to write the application to meet the city council’s expectations. As such, we will submit all the required documents with the application, and thereby prevent delays in the approval of the development. Act as intermediary between you and the council No doubt, you can expect some objections from the public and the town council. We are here to assist with the correspondence to the council, and provide any additional information that the council may request. Our town planners will draft the required responses and give advice to the architects on redrafting of designs to meet the requirements. Where members of the public object...

Urban and Regional Planning

Important Principles to Follow in Modern Urban and Regional Planning Cities are pioneering, multifaceted developments that are exhibits of human growth. Consisting of social and economic systems, the urban areas are the hubs of knowledge where skilled people come together. These cities are the centres of employment and drivers of economic wealth. Planning the use of the space to ensure ongoing functionality is therefore essential. Urban and regional planning is the methodological and political process to create towns and cities with consideration of land use, environmental protection, and public welfare. The use of natural resources, patterns of human settlement, and the provision for the development of public spaces all form part of the urban and regional planning process. Rapid urbanisation in South Africa, in line with the international trend towards urbanisation, calls for the application of sound principles in building and developing cities. Below are some of the important considerations in urban and regional planning to create sustainable cities. City planning must follow a liberal and systematic approach to transit facilities for creating optimal flow of traffic. This means that streets, water canals, walk areas, transport facilities, and railroads must be able to accommodate the growing urban population. Main routes and current streets in the city must be used and developed for optimal traffic flow. The secondary routes should then be determined and set based on the circumstances of the neighbourhood. Land and infrastructure use should be controlled effectively to reduce urban sprawl. Existing buildings can be adapted for new use. With such, cities can become more compact, preventing uncontrolled informal settlements and developments to take up more space...