The site itself had a lovely old building constructed of old granite and dated back well over hundred years. It was hoped to integrate this building into the new design. The first port of call was to the Local Authority Planning office to meet the planner for the area; we needed to get his views on what we proposed to submit in our planning application. This is a free service to the public, and allows the planner to review Ordnance survey maps of the area/ site, photographs and pictures of similar designs to which we were proposing to put on site. The meeting is conducted in a very informal manner, and afterwards the planner issues a reference number which will be submitted with planning application to detail what was agreed. I recommend this route for all one-off rural planning applications.