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As the colder and darker nights creep into Essex, it’s the perfect time for many homeowners to build a bright and spacious room that can be used. You may be considering a new development of your own that’s fitted to your home aspirations – be that a building extension like a conservatory, or a whole indoor renovation or conversion, or even a new detached dwelling outside. Who ever said summer houses are just for summer?!
But if there’s one thing that will cause a screeching halt your planning project dreams – it’s the thought of getting a ‘Reject’ stamp on your application for planning permission. Unfortunately, applying for planning permission for a renovation or an extension can be a long and uphill battle for many, and it’s not unusual to go through this strenuous process only for the planning application to be flat-right refused. However, if everyone in the country had the right to build without permissions, there would be a lot less space for us to roam! So, whether it’s a home improvement or a large-scale commercial project, you must certify if you require any planning permission or building regulations approval before getting started.
Your planning application will need to include a detailed design of your site block plan. You may have the most wonderful vision in your head for your planning project, but to make it practical and technically-sound on paper is another. You want it to be simple, but once the planning stage sets in, things become complicated, and you may see the need to get architectural design and planning involved!
That’s why choosing an experienced consultant from the beginning is key. At MyHousePlan, we will draw up something that ticks all the boxes, ensuring structural planning elements of design toe the line with your creative concept. We believe you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your personal taste and style to ensure your drawing plan fits the logistical requirements needed to achieve consent, such as the correct materials and measurements.
Beyond the design elements, there will be other details to provide in your plan, such as budget, materials and project timeline proposals. Especially for major developments, a Direct and Access Statement (DAS) will also be a critical part of your application. This is to formally accompany your design with the details needed on the principles and concepts that have been applied and to show you adhere to local policies and access procedures. Because the turnaround on applications is so quick (taking up to 8 weeks), it may mean little room for consultation between planners and homeowners – so having a detailed and logical statement is of a must. At MyHousePlan, we understand all factors affecting planning permission, ensuring your blueprint will fit the bill of approval DAS requirements.
Common questions are often associated with the costs of the planning application process itself, but in the long-run the biggest costs will be associated with the project management that comes off the back of your agreement. Unfortunately, as is the case for many, you could end up spending thousands of pounds on investing in a project that doesn’t turn out to be feasible. So even if your plan is approved, ensuring it is delivered to the letter is the next obstacle, as you may be at risk of overspending on ‘extras’ or – an even worse nightmare – by having your project halted by not following through with the requirements agreed. That’s why ensuring your plan is within your budget requirements from the get-go of your application is the best way forward.
At MyHousePlan, we not only get to know your project inside-out to ensure your personal requirements are met, but we will also provide a schedule of works to detail all of the specific work elements to complete your project. This document allows you to compare costs associated to get the right price from builders or contractors. Furthermore, we can also administer you with the legal building contract between the property owner and the chosen builder / contractor which will agree the quoted sum, commencement and completion date. This gives you protection and peace of mind that you need, making it a much more stress-free process.
Having an expert architectural design consultant that specialises in house planning permissions is the best route to ensure your planning application runs smoothly – as they will be able to take control of every step of the process, all the way from design to project management.
With over 35 years of experiencing in building regulations and architectural design consultancy, the MyHousePlan team can help you achieve local authority planning and building regulations consent. Whether it’s a single storey rear extension, or converting your bungalow into a chalet house – we provide a professional service that is tailored to every type of property owner and every type of project.
Don’t fall short of your dreams – contact us today to see how we can make your Essex home project come true.