To start any project, knowing what the client wants and their end goals and aspirations is best.
To find this out, we start with a design consultation at your home to discuss your project and understand your requirements and how we can meet them. Once the formal appointment has been initialised and we have obtained your initial project brief, we continue this design process by setting up Zoom meetings where we can fine-tune the scheme and come up with a set of drawings that you are happy with and would like to move onto the next stage. We cover The following points to ensure we get a robust scheme to progress with.
Following the client’s approval of the finalised scheme drawings, we are ready for the next stage, where we can submit the drawings and documents to the Local Authority Planning department for their consideration for planning approval,
We collate all the relevant drawings and documents required for validation and planning approval and submit these on your behalf. We will also monitor the application once it is registered and provide feedback and updates on your application working towards a decision. Should the planners have any amendments needed, we will update these following your review and work towards seeking approval.
Assuming you have received planning permission, the next step is to produce more detailed drawings, which will satisfy building control and allow you to receive a completion certificate once complete, which is a document which confirms that what has been built is safe and as per current building regulations. This is achieved by combining more detailed drawings, a specification and often structural calculations if any steel beams are required.
Lawful Development Certificate
While obtaining lawful development certificates (LDCs) from your local planning authority (LPA) is not mandatory prior to commencing permitted development works on your site, we highly recommend submitting them in many cases. Here are our reasons:
Peace of mind: Obtaining an LDC is the only official way to receive confirmation from your LPA that the proposed works fall within the scope of permitted development.
Lenders and future lenders: Presenting an LDC can be necessary to demonstrate to lenders, both current and potential, that your planned works comply with permitted development regulations.
Property sale: LDCs can be valuable when selling your property as they prove that the completed works were carried out under permitted development.
Neighbour disputes: In unfortunate situations involving troublesome neighbours, LDCs can serve as essential documentation to substantiate that the works undertaken are indeed permitted development.
It is important to note that while we recommend obtaining LDCs, it is ultimately your decision whether to pursue them for your specific project.
Upon delivering the drawings, the responsibility for appointing and overseeing a contractor on-site would rest with you. This approach enables us to efficiently handle projects across the UK remotely, allowing our clients to manage the on-site work until the project’s completion personally, rather than engaging an architect for such tasks. There are times, however, when a client would like us to attend the site at regular intervals to check on progress and advise on any issues that may arise, which can be agreed on a project-by-project basis.
Planning Partnership With Us
Are you in possession of land or a property that requires planning consent?
Alternatively, are you seeking an Architect to collaborate on your planning gain projects?
We have introduced an exclusive service that eliminates upfront architectural fees if we decide to partner with you on your project. Our offer entails designing, optimizing, and submitting your planning application in exchange for a predetermined percentage or fee from the project’s proceeds upon achieving a successful planning outcome or land sale.
This arrangement presents an excellent opportunity for you to minimize financial risk in the event that your project does not obtain planning consent.