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.
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.
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.
Two new build houses - preparation for planning application.
Today I’ve been working up a block plan to show my Clients their proposals in 3D. They wanted to know whether the two new build properties had enough space between them, to make sure the bungalow wasn’t being overshadowed by the house. The basic 3D model helped visually to convey the context of the site. They found them really useful.
People often ask me if they can do things without planning permission. The answer is sometimes yes, but it is always a useful exercise to check with the planning department first and get something in writing from them. They have introduced a pre-application submission process, to check whether permission is required and also whether the proposals are likely to be considered favourably upon submission.
The good news is that there is information available on the government website which helps with ascertaining whether your development is permitted under PD rights or not. There are different classes of permitted development and the PD order is available here: legislation.gov.uk
If the document seems a bit of a daunting read, there is a very useful 'interactive house' available on the planning portal which makes life simpler.
However, what is often unknown is whether permitted development rights apply to your property or whether they have been removed. Some properties when they were built had permitted development rights removed and some had the permitted development rights removed at a time when a previous extension was added. Check the planning permission(s) relevant to your property to see which classes may have been removed, as you may be able to do certain things under permitted development and certain other things you will need planning permission for.
In the case of listed buildings and buildings within conservation areas, it is most likely that you will require planning permission or listed building consent to carry out any works to the property or the buildings/walls within the curtilage of the property. Again it is always best to check with the planning department before undertaking any works.
Of course, Let's Design Architecture is here to help if you need any assistance with your proposals!
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: