Our Services

A little about what we do.

Architecture Architecture

We are an RIBA chartered practice. We specialise in high-end residential one-off houses and house extensions; mid size mixed use retail/residential town centre developments; masterplans and visualisation work.

Planning Applications and Appeals Planning Applications and Appeals

We are a registered RTPI planning consultancy. We provide practical advice to public and private sector clients, with a good track record of achieving planning permission for a diverse range of challenging projects. We also undertake neighbourhood planning and development plan representations.

Pre-applications and appraisals Pre-applications and appraisals

Please get in touch for a FREE initial consultation with our architects and/or planners: Tel: 01202 675152 We will be happy to assist with any planning and/or architecture related query to progress your project.   Planning appraisals Initial work will often involve undertaking a site visit to assess the physical aspects of the site including: […]

From the Blog

18 Oct 2016

CIL introduced in Christchurch and East Dorset

Christchurch and East Dorset councils recently adopted their CIL charging schedule with charging expected to commence on 03 January 2017. This means that CIL will be applied to any planning applications approved on or after that date, including any applications in the system at the time. The charges to be applied across both Councils are: Residential (10 […]

16 Sep 2016

Planning committee success

ECA planners represented clients at the Christchurch Borough Council planning committee yesterday evening and were successful with an outcome of refusal. The scheme involved an extension to the local ‘Noisy Lobster’ restaurant at Avon Beach which would result in an additional 46 covers – a 27% increase. It followed a previously withdrawn scheme that was […]

16 Sep 2016

Urban design and quality of life

A recent mental health strategy for New York spans both medical and environmental policies to tackle rising levels of mental illness in the US city. Well designed spaces can reduce the need for doctors to prescribe anti-depressants and other medication. There is evidence of the benefits, says Layla McCay, psychiatrist at the London School of Hygiene […]


What our customers are saying.

  • “Martha always gives sound, well-considered advice and is a great person for working with other parties, especially community groups.  She explains the planning position clearly and simply, and listens carefully to what people say.  Also she is highly organised, which allows everyone involved to understand where they are in the process and what they are able to contribute; all helping consultations to proceed smoothly and efficiently.”
    - Charles Gardner, Matrix Partnership Ltd
  • “Thanks for all the hard work getting it through. Very tenacious! Its all greening up there now and looking nice”

    - Nick Taylor, The Cabin in Horsham
  • ECA worked extremely hard to give us a fantastic house. We love living in it and hugely enjoyed watching it emerge out of the ground.

    - Auriole Prince, Owner Knappings Barn