We are often asked how and why there are two different planning routes to getting extensions and alterations done on your property. Unfortunately, there is not a simple answer to this question as it depends on the size and scale of the extension, along with the location and local planning laws. We always recommend you seek professional advice before embarking on your projects
A question we often get asked is why do I need planning? Depending on the size and scale of the project you may be legally required to seek planning permission, though this is not always the case. Obtaining planning has become more and more complicated, and while there a number of helpful websites that can assist you, such as the Planning Portal, every case is different.
Simply put, the best way to understand the process in relation to your projects is to work with a professional person such as an architect or planning consultant. We see design as a problem-solving exercise and we often find solutions to problems that may not have been considered.
Typically Planning provides the consent to undertake a build, conversion or renovation but it is the Building Regulations that ensure the building work you do is to the correct UK standards. All building work, with the exception of very small internal refurbishment projects, will require building regulations approval. At Plot74 we work with PWC approved inspectors, who like us have a very progressive view of the legislation and how buildings can be constructed.
At Plot74 we have an excellent knowledge of the current legislation and we can assist you in plotting the best route through the regulations. Contact us today for more information.