Do You Believe CGI is Compulsory for Planning Applications? — This article has been written to discuss the benefits of using Computer Generated Imagery for Planning Applications. Should it be compulsory?

Do You Believe CGI is Compulsory for Planning Applications?

Residential Landscape Development CGI's - CGI is Compulsory for Planning Applications

Residential Landscape Development CGI’s – CGI is Compulsory for Planning Applications

The Benefits

For some planning applications, it is already becoming a requirement later on into the process, to provide Photo-montages to support the proposal. Securing planning permission can be a challenging process. With the help of 3D visualisations, also known as CGI, decision makers such as the local council can view the proposed development in photo-realistic detail making any decision-making that much quicker and easier.

CGIs and Photo-montages of your proposed developments, submitted with your planning application, will help to ensure that decisions are made based on reliable 3D visualisations, not just a hazy interpretation of the plans. They are a very cost-effective way of showcasing a future project.

Incidentally, as an aside,The Telegraph reported a while ago that CGI is now the estate agent’s best friend. “Savvy sellers are using the latest in computer imaging to show buyers their dream plans”.

Helping the Planning Department

Architect’s drawings and designs can be complex and often difficult for the Planning Department to fully appreciate and understand. A lot rests on the ease of appreciation of the proposed plans, so it is very important that these plans are easily seen and understood.

Increasingly, Planning Departments are encouraging the inclusion of photomontages and CGIs as an important part of an application. The application will have a better chance of acceptance, the clearer and more informative it is. Replacing 2D drawings and sketches with 3D artwork will ultimately help the Planning Department make a decision.


This of course means that every planning application will have to include CGI. It is worth noting that in the first three months of 2017, planning authorities in England received 123,300 applications for planning permission.

For these applications to include CGI, you can only assume would have helped the process with the ability to understand the relationship between the proposal and the surrounding context. A simple CGI of a commercial development or a residential home can cost anywhere between £300 – £1,000. If we take in to account the purpose of the service and what level of support it offers, then maybe these costs do in fact fit into any budget.

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Using CGI is no doubt a very effective way of presenting your plans and designs and will help to get your message across persuasively and with clarity.

There is little doubt that the visualisation of plans is enormously enhanced with the use of CGI thus improving the possibility of planning acceptance if budgeted for. One for the future we are certain!

Archilime Visualisations create architectural interior & exterior CGI along with Photo-montages which can all accurately present how a proposed development will appear when completed to support architects and designers with planning applications.