DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION?
If you wish to carry out work on buildings, you may be required to obtain “planning permission” or “a lawful development” certificate. proposals concerning listed buildings or those within conservation areas may also require consent.
WHAT ARE MY PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS?
Most extensions, loft conversions, garage conversions & porches can be applied for as lawful development certificates under the permitted development order. this usually means a far simpler route than planning permission subject to your exact proposal & property.
WHY DO I REQUIRE BUILDING REGULATIONS APPROVAL?
The Building Regulations are setup so that builders can build to a minimum quality standard for elements such as structure, fire escape, drainage and ventilation and so on. technical information in the form of drawings and details and possibly structural calculations must be sent to the local authority’s building control department for approval before a builder starts the construction works.
Services can be tailored to include the following:
1) production of technical drawings & specification . 2) administration of Building Regulation application. 3) submission & management of Building Rgulation application. 4) revisions until local authority approval is granted.
Structural Engineers calculations or s.a.p’s may be requested by local authority and should be agreed before works commence.all the above services do not include the relevant local authority fee
WHAT IF I LIVE IN A CONSERVATION AREA AND/OR IN A LISTED BUILDING?
A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. it is the area as a whole, rather than specific buildings, which is of special interest. living in a conservation area usually means that changes to the external appearance of your building will be a particularly sensitive issue. you will probably need to complete an application for conservation area consent and/or listed building consent.
DO I REQUIRE A PARTY WALL AGREEMENT?
The Party Wall Act 1996 came into force in 1997 and gives you rights and responsibilities regardless if you are planning work on a party structure or if your neighbour is. the party wall act is an entirely separate law to Planning and Building Regulation approval.
WHAT AREAS DO WE COVER?
We work in predominately London and Essex but also work in and around Kent and Hertfordshire. we are based in Essex allowing us fast access to London and surrounding areas and will be willing to travel further afield
We produce proposals to your design brief and then when a proposal has been agreed, we consult the feasibility of the proposal with the local authority. this allows for a fast and cost effective route to understanding if planning permission is likely to be granted and how or if to progress.
Please Contact Us
Telephone 01245-222692 or 07973-835067 anytime. Alternatively send us a message using our contact form.
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