After 16 months, I am proud to have finally achieved an approval of reserved matters on behalf of my Clients for a site of two new dwellings in Cotton. The design is for two bespoke properties, each boasting a large open plan kitchen/living/dining space and 4 bedrooms.
So I am making a planning application online, usually a straightforward enough process, I fill out the form then send a draft of it as a pdf to my Client to check and let me know they are happy with it before I press submit.
Can I do that now? No. Planning Portal have currently removed the function of creating a pdf of the document.
Because people were emailing the councils large documents and they can’t cope with it.
So now the only way the Client can see the form is to have their own Planning Portal account and sign in to it to have a look through it. Which is time consuming for the Client, to set up an account, filling in all their details, when they generally will never need the account other than for the purpose of checking one form.
They are apparently working out how to fix it. Which is great, considering they are the ones who broke it in the first place.
To see why Planning Portal is creating problems for themselves and everyone else click here
Works are near completion on a two storey extension in Claydon, Suffolk. The project involved major updates to the layout of the old semi-detached property. The Client purchased the property as a three bedroom home; however two of the bedrooms were very small. The only toilet was downstairs in a lean-to extension to the rear and the kitchen was a very poor size.
The new layout includes three double bedrooms, with an en-suite to the master bedroom. The downstairs bathroom has been removed, relocating the downstairs toilet into a new front porch. This opens up the downstairs space to form an open plan kitchen/diner with bi-folding doors into the rear garden. The Client is extremely happy and looks forward to finishing the build.
I am proud to announce that planning permission has just been granted for my design of a proposed front extension to a barn-style dwelling in Mellis. The extension will form additional kitchen and bedroom/en-suite space, providing the Clients with much needed space for their daughter.
Works are progressing well on Phase 1 of the 9 house development at Benhall, with the footings for Plot 1 being well established and Plots 2-5 also out of the ground.
Today the boys have been helping to colour in my architectural sketches. I think they’re doing a fantastic job! (Don’t panic, it’s just a photocopy!!)
Works are progressing well on the front extension at Henley Road. The bricklayers have done a very nice job of matching up the existing Flemish bond brickwork with the adjacent garage and formed a beautiful curve with header bricks. The extension appears seamless against the rest of the house. The windows are to be designed with the frames hidden within the brickwork to allow for as much light as possible to enter the room and will be specially made to fit the curve of the extension. A flat roof will be hidden beyond the parapet wall to blend in seamlessly with the roof of the existing garage.
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Planning permission has recently been obtained for the proposed two storey rear extension and side extension to a house in Thorndon. The Clients are very pleased with the outcome and look forward to Let's Design Architecture completing the building regulations drawings in the near future.
Works recently completed on a conversion project in Saxmundham. The existing townhouse was converted into two separate dwellings, including the re-building of a previously demolished lean-to.
The original property would have been two town houses, which had previously been converted into a single dwelling; the layout of which didn't work and the appearance was outdated. The original sash window had been removed and replaced with a poor quality casement window, which looked out of place on the street scene. The property lends itself well to being two dwellings as it was formerly, so the developer wanted to restore it as such.
Works to the frontage included the provision of a new front door and window, re-instating the original appearance, along with carefully chosen brickwork to suit. A new party wall was added to separate the dwellings and the internal layouts were carefully designed to maximize space.
The developer is very happy with the finished houses.
The reserved matters application for a proposal of nine properties at Benhall has recently been approved by Suffolk Coastal District Council. Let's Design Architecture is delighted with the outcome of the application and looks forward to watching the properties being built in the near future.
The Government has recently introduced a new fee scale for Planning Applications, increasing the fees by 20%.
These new regulations also include the right for them to charge a fee for applications for planning permission related to the removal of permitted development rights through Article 4 directions or by condition, where this was previously free of charge.
The Planning Portal fee calculator provides the latest fees for planning applications.
Contact Zoe at Let's Design Architecture if you need drawings and to make an application for planning or building regulations.
Seasons Greetings to all from Let’s Design Architecture!
I was just looking up rooflights, those ones where the glass goes all the way over the ridge, as I wanted to draw up a detail. Google thought I was looking up how to attach Christmas lights to my roof! Not quite the same type of roof lights!!
After a lengthy planning process, Let's Design Architecture has recently obtained planning permission for the change of use conversion of a barn to form a holiday let. The barn had previously been used as a shop, although is now redundant storage space. The planning process took some time as we had to prove the viability of the potential use as well as giving reasons why there is no longer a requirement for a shop in this area.
I’ve been working very hard today, finishing off as many projects as I can before the weekend. I’ve completed two building regulations projects this week, drawn up a survey, done a little bit of design work and met some new people. Now working on another building regs project, it’s all go!
I looked up behind my screen to notice the beautiful, dramatic sky outside so took a quick break to rest my eyes. I have a lovely view from here in the late afternoons and early evenings, with the local church visible in the distance.
Have a good weekend all!
I had great night out with some old friends from university in Leicester yesterday - it was good to catch up and see what everyone is now doing! I’ll try not to leave it so long next time!
It’s amazing to see how much of the city has changed since I was last there over ten years ago, parts of it were unrecognisable and completely transformed. I finally saw first hand the shiny John Lewis building with its glass walkway above the road and patterned glass facades, adjacent to the silver metallic cinema complex. The urban design of the city has been transformed with a glossy new finish; roads and buildings having been removed making way for large, welcoming pedestrian areas and open spaces. Shops and bars are livelier than ever in the modernised parts of town.
What was sadly shocking though is that although the city has been transformed, the cost of living has escalated and there were a lot more homeless people on the streets than ever. I don’t remember passing so many in one area, other than on the streets of London.
I also felt very alienated, as it had been so long and I didn’t recognise my old home town, surrounded by today’s young students enjoying their Saturday night out, I have become suddenly very old! Fortunately I had my old friends with me who felt the same way!
Back home now and off to collect the boys from Gramdma and Grandad’s, back to normality and the home comforts of rural Suffolk.
So today I am working up a new first floor layout for an extension project I am working on. I needed to do some sketches on site. Who knew baking paper could be so versatile!
Planning, Building Regulations, Principal Designer & Tender Documentation
My Client has recently gone out to tender on his project in Stowmarket, which involves a living room extension, conservatory and first floor extension. For this project I have obtained planning permission and building regulations approval, as well as having been appointed Principal Designer for the design stage and completing the preparation of tender documentation.
I have recently issued the invitation to tender to competing building contractors on the Client's behalf. This involved putting together a full tender package for the building firms to work from, including details of the planning permission, building regulations drawings, Principal Designer information and Structural Engineer's details.
The Client is hoping to make a start on the project in February 2018 and we aim to receive the quotations back mid-October.
Having had feedback from one of the Main Contractors to whom I issued a tender invitation, he thought that my tender package was very thorough and was impressed with the level of information provided.
This is the first project which I have completed as Let's Design Architecture through from design stage to tender submission, since becoming self-employed. I hope it is the first of many!
Further details of the project under my Projects page: