“We found Hannah through the Anglo Info website, and were so lucky to find her. Hannah helped us with our planning application for a new build in the Gironde. Neither my husband nor I spoke French, understood the French planning rules, or the purchase process, but Hannah was a godsend to get us through every stage until she finally submitted our application and consent was granted for our new build property.
“Hannah is very efficient, competent and capable. If Hannah says that she will do something she will do it, not only helping with the initial request, but also checking with the authorities and public bodies including the Notaire’s office and Mairie that the information she was giving us was correct, and answering questions following on from her findings before we even knew the questions to ask.
“The signing of the purchase deed did not go smoothly, as we had hoped, as the Notaire’s office made an error in their calculations. However, Hannah resolved this problem within 2 hours of becoming aware of it, saving our stress levels and sanity, and the completion went through on time as planned.
We cannot recommend Hannah’s services highly enough.”
Catherine and Simon Knock, Gironde
“Planning in France has just turned my potential nightmare into a dream result. My challenge was how to get my permis de construire when faced with bureaucracy and RT2012 regulations coupled with my poor command of the French language.
“Hannah Durrant is an excellent ally in situations such as this. She quickly worked out the best way of resolving the issues and through very effective liaison with a Bureau d’Etudes, the Planning department and the local mairie, she completed a piece of work that would have, quite simply, been impossible for me. Throughout the project Hannah was helpful & professional but above all she really cared about getting the best result for her client.
“I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending her to anyone who needs help gaining planning permission in France.”
Mr Wainwright, Verteillac, Dordogne.
“We took a long time to find our Barn in the Dordogne. Once we had found it, we then needed to change a ruin into a home. Thankfully we were introduced to Hannah by our estate agents. She was kind enough to meet at our convenience, as we live in England, and she even took us to the local Mairie to translate our proposals.
“We left France leaving all the design elements to her. Through a series of emails, she expertly translated our rough sketches and photographs from magazines into the vision we have for our future home. Hannah completed all the necessary drawings, planning applications, documentation and assisted in translating all the paperwork. We could not have done it without her.
“Always professional, providing a quick, efficient and valuable service. Hannah has brought us a step closer to our dream and we would recommend her to anyone else on the same journey.”
Ali and Jon, St Jory de Chalais, Dordogne
“We recently bought a property in Charente-Maritime with a barn attached. We wanted to convert the barn part into living space and make new openings in two walls, which meant requesting a ‘permis de construire’. Having searched online we felt pretty confident that we knew what forms to fill out but we had a tight deadline to get planning permission, so we looked for a good value advice service. Hannah stood out as someone well-equipped to help. It was clear she understood the real detail of what is needed for drawings and measurements, which is not evident when going through the information provided.
The expense was worth the peace of mind we gained, as Hannah offered clear, effective and prompt assistance, taking away all the stress of applying for planning permission. She always kept us up-to-date with the process, produced professional plans and we received our planning permission in good time to start work. I would therefore have no hesitation in recommending ‘Planning in France’ if you require help with your planning dossier.”
Mrs. Holder, Charente-Maritime.
“Hannah provided all of the necessary drawings and paperwork for our planning application for a barn conversion whilst we were still living in the UK. She was very proactive and completed everything in a very professional and timely manner. She provided us with support and gave us explanations by telephone and email as to how things would progress.
“She also made regular contact with the planning department in Villeneuve-sur -Lot and our local Maire in Beaugas to help move things forward. We would highly recommend her services to anyone wishing to go through the French planning application process.”
Mr & Mrs Collins, Lot et Garonne.
“When seeking help to compile the necessary paper work for planning permission Hannah stood out as someone well equipped to help. After some time struggling to understand all that was required and how to navigate all the forms, we decided to get some external help with the process and Hannah took on this role.
“Hannah dealt with our case with professionalism and to a high standard. Everything was turned around quickly and the Mairie handled with the required sensitivity. Plans were far superior to anything I would have been able to produce myself. I would strongly recommend Hannah to anyone to get the right help with submissions such as ours and would not hesitate to say she is the person to speak to.”
Mrs Stretton, Ribérac, Dordogne.