How it works
Listed below are procedures which have to be followed at different stages before work can begin on the site.
Free initial meeting
Once you call us, we will visit at your home to discuss your ideas, give suggestions and explain the process involved. We will then prepapare a quotation for your consideration inclusive of fee's.
Once you agree with our fee, the survey of the property will be arranged. At the time a small deposit will be taken. It will take between one to three hours to complete the survey dependent upon the nature of the project.
We will produce sketching and designs with you for various design options for your development, this will help you to decide the most suitable size of development which will get planning consent.
Once you have approved the design, full sets of detailed architectural plans are drawn up for your approval. At this stage, payment will be due before plans are submitted.
Submit plans to the local authority
After you have approved the plans and pay the relevant fees, we will complete all the necessary paperwork and submit the application to the local planning authority. Once registered, Council could take eight weeks to make a decision; we will liaise with the planners to ensure that everything is perfectly satisfactory and keep you informed of the progress.
Building regulations drawings
Once planning has been approved, the detailed building regulations drawing will be produced to include any structural elements for which structural calculations may be required. Our price includes structural calculations but does not include any specialists reports and design required due to site conditions.
Submit plans to building control
We will complete all the relevant paperwork and submit applications to Building Control and deal with the application until it has its full or conditional approval..
Quotations for building Work
We can provide you with quotations for the building work through our approved list of builders and can also provide you with site management for your project for an additional cost.
Our dedicated team of professional designers can assist you in your project from inception through to completion adhering to the RIBA stages of work.
How soon can you carry out a free consultation?
We are keen to meet potential new clients and will meet as soon as possible, this is normally within 1 weeks’ time, but will be able to attend sooner if required.
What happens after the consultation?
We will prepare a file note detailing key elements about the site or building and any influencing factors, it will also detail the discussions we will have had about your requirements, how you intend to use the space and what we feel is the right style for the project including your likes and dislikes.
What is the difference house holder planning application and a full application?
A House Holder Planning application is for all applications to an existing dwelling, including extensions, new outbuildings, alterations, or an annexe. A Full Planning Application is for almost anything else, such as a new dwelling, a replacement dwelling, a commercial application, and a change of use, but to name a few.
Will you submit the application for us?
Yes, typically we will act as your agent and submit the application on your behalf including liaising with the Planning Officer if necessary. Once the design is agreed with you we will then work towards completing the Planning pack, which includes the forms, drawings and other details that may be required such as a Design & Access Statement. We will then email and/or send this to you to give a final check over prior to submitting.
What can we do if the application is refused?
This seldom happens, but we do keep in close contact with the Planning Officer during the application process and keep our clients informed of progress where relevant, this ensures we have done everything we possibly can to gain a positive result. If it later appears that a refusal is likely, unless an appeal is feasible or desired, we would recommend the application is withdrawn, reviewed and renegotiated.