3 Steps to Approval

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3 Steps to Approval


Step 1. Your Brief

What are your ideas? What do you want? We want to know!

Our first contact with the clients is the most important, it’s where we learn about you and you learn about us. First Impressions are important as they are hard to change. An understanding of what can be achieved within your allocated budget and your desired outcome will assist us develop your brief.

Drawing on our experience, and expertise we will assist and guide you through considerations such as:

  • Size
  • Aesthetics/Appearance
  • Form of Construction
  • Design Complexity

which will all have a direct effect on Time, Cost and Quality. We then develop sketch designs, provide technical advice and preliminary planning guidance.

“Form Follows Function”

Our Directors are friendly, helpful and Professionally Qualified and are members of CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) or The Law Society and would be pleased to discuss your proposed project.

Step 2. Developing the DETAIL and Obtaining Statutory Consents.

Do I Need Planning Permission?

Once we have a clear understanding of your requirements, we will advise on what permissions are required and then measure your existing building (called a measured survey) to produce ‘as built’ drawings. We will then work up the drawings to provide you with an outline proposal. Once you have reviewed the proposal with us, we can advise on the most appropriate way forward. The proposal may meet with Permitted Development rights and only require a Certificate of Lawful Development, more often the projects require Planning Permission or in some cases require Listed Building Consent, Party Wall Notification or a strategic combination to meet your required objectives. Certificates of Lawful Development, (for Permitted Development (PD)), Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent can usually be obtained within 8 Weeks. Contentious or unpopular submissions may take longer.

Further Guidance can be sought on the Governments Planning Portal. Make sure to check out the interactive House!

For specific information check out your local authorities Planning Policy by simply typing ‘Planning Policy Document’ followed by your authority into your search engine such as Google.

Our Planning Consultant is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has a Master’s Degree (Distinction) in Urban Design and would be pleased to answer any questions you may have.

Step 3. DETAIL Design and Specification

What is Building Regulation Approval?

All Building Work should meet standard outlined in the Approved Documents that form The Building Regulations. There are other standards in Construction such as ‘British Standards’ but the Building Regulations are the minimum and your project specification should be Approved to meet the standard prior to commencement. We will add notes and specification to the Planning Drawings to achieve a compliant Building Regulation Approval. This process takes 6 weeks and is often run concurrent with the Planning Application. The Building Regulation Drawings are more detailed than Planning Drawings and provide specification of structure, fabric, floor plans and cross sections. In some cases a Structural Engineer or Mechanical and Electrical Engineer will be required to provide further details to Building Control Officer.

Once you have your Statutory Consents, you are legally ready to start the Build Process!

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