Householder Application.

Congratulations to the local builder who contacted us to apply for Householder planning permission in Binham, North Norfolk.

Their client, whose dwelling stands in the Conservation Area, wished to remove a garden hedge at the front of the property and replace with a brick and flint wall.

Adding to the character of the home and area.

Design Matters.

During half term, my daughter and I took the train to London for a last minute overnight break. She studies A level photography and we both love exploring, on foot and love buildings and differing architectural designs.

In day to day life it’s easy to ‘miss’ or under appreciate the value of ‘good design’ or indeed to ‘ignore’ the impact of a total lack of well considered building design.

When experiencing a new environment, for us at least, the impact of all design and architecture is immediate, visually.

From the moment we disembarked at King’s Cross Station, it hits you in the face, the stunning vaulted, white steel, industrial station ceiling structure and lighting.                                                      

The historic Grade 1 Listed, brick St Pancras Chambers formerly The Midland Grand Hotel designed by the late architect Sir Gilbert Scott, and the tiled interior of the underground system, it’s all about design and architecture!

We walked for 2 days, snapping photos and taking in the differing architectural styles, the juxtaposition of so many of London’s older, historical buildings, built from stone and brick, dwarfed by and right next to huge, multi storey, glass and steel structures, and it works!

The National Planning Policy Framework from The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, updated in July 2018 states that:

‘Planning Policies and decisions should ensure that development:

  • Will function well and add to the overall quality of the area, not just for the short term but over the lifetime of the development;
  • Are visually attractive as a result of good architecture, layout and appropriate and effective landscaping;
  • Are sympathetic to local character and history, including the surrounding built environment and landscape setting, while not preventing or discouraging appropriate innovation or change (such as increased densities).
  • Establish or maintain a strong sense of place, using the arrangement of streets, spaces, building types and materials to create attractive, welcoming and distinctive places to live, work and visit;
  • Optimise the potential of the site to accommodate and sustain an appropriate amount and mix of development (including green and other public space) and support local facilities and transport networks;
  • Create places that are safe, inclusive and accessible and which promote health and well-being, with a high standard of amenity for existing and future users and where crime and disorder, and the fear of crime, do not undermine the quality of life or community cohesion and resilience…’

This is as important in Norfolk as anywhere else, it’s vital in hamlets, villages, towns and cities, to preserve our historic buildings and set up dwellings and settlements, schools, offices and environments for a sustainable future for generations to come.

Design matters, on extensions, conversions, new builds and in alterations to property. That’s the reason for the planning process.

Contact us, to discuss your plans and to chat about how we can help ease you through the procedure.

A property journey, continues…

On the 13th Sept our blogged about the start of a property journey. We thought we’d expand on that for those of you that are considering buying a plot of land and building a new home. We’ve been there, you aren’t bonkers!

The first time we built a home for ourselves, we sold a ‘real home’ – small but perfectly formed, and bought a £500 static caravan and a piece of land.

We moved ourselves and our two 9 month old children into the static and started on a path of outdoor country, mud loving, brick buying living! Every penny went into the plot and home build.

Happy days, weekly trips to a laundrette, lots of attempts to keep the mould at bay inside the van, the start of a life long dislike of net curtains and making a bed every night from a sofa!

But, it’s worth it! If you get your plans right, have them submitted to local authority and approved and can start the build in the spring or summer months, then you are on the right road.

We can draw plans for a new home, submit them to local authority, then prepare drawings for you to get builders quotes from and these can be used for building control approval also.

In addition we bring to your table, our direct experience of building homes from the ground upwards. Need our number? 07584 622776 call us, let’s chat!

Take a look at another blog from Oct 2018 for steps to consider in preparation for a new build journey…

info@plansandbuildingdesignnorfolk.co.uk

Permitted!

Really happy to see another permitted application for a client’s development in Holt, Norfolk…

We were asked to prepare plans for a detached garden annex and installation of a swimming pool. These we then submitted to North Norfolk District Council for approval.

We can advise on an extension or conversion you may be considering and let you know your ‘permitted development rights’ which may mean you won’t need a planning application, although you will need plans for building control approval! #goodtoknow

Holiday Home Design

During a very recent family holiday on Lanzarote, I was prompted to think about the differing standards of both the apartment we were then staying in (with the really lovely view below of the Charco San Gines) and various other homes we had previously rented on the island.


Generally we choose not to stay ‘in resort’, opting instead for small villages or the city of Arrecife, where ‘the people’ work, live and genuinely seem to enjoy life. For us it’s more authentic, although our 17 year old kids may have a different view!


We usually opt for smaller homes, always looking for owners that seem to care for their properties and guests (we ran holiday homes here in Norfolk for over 10 years, so are a little fussy). There is though usually a compromise.
If the owners are fab, then those compromises can stem right back to the DESIGN and PLANNING stage…


The latest apartment for example, with the great view, 14 meter balcony and perfect location had these niggles, totally unnecessarily in our humble opinion:

We had a spacious open plan kitchen, diner, sitting room with French doors. YET just two double plug sockets, one behind the TV and one in the kitchen! Try straightening your hair from the kitchen, on tiptoes, legs in the splits position and neck craned to see into the mirror 3 meters away on the wall! Also attempt the charging of 4 mobile devices, an ipad and 3 laptops (children studying A Levels), whilst boiling the kettle and whisking up fresh pancakes for four, need I go on… Easily solved at the DESIGN & PLANNING stage.
The second bedroom was a dark, V shaped room, with two single beds and no option for a second ‘couple’, yet in the open plan living area was a section at least 2m by 2.5m that was unusable and had been infilled by a random table that you couldn’t put chairs around. Why was this not in the bedroom? Easily solved at the DESIGN & PLANNING stage.

After that I could go on about a utility/boot room only accessible from the far side of the bathroom but won’t stretch your participation with this blog too far…
You get the gist of it.


If you are building a second home in Norfolk, for your own use and potentially for paying guests, or if you are buying a home and intend to use it for holiday letting, think about how your clients will move about in and use the place, at the DESIGN and PLANNING stage. It may just help your lettings and increase repeat bookings…
We are seeing an increasing percentage of our work come from both homeowners and local property developers who are making internal changes to second homes in Norfolk. We’re drawing plans for those alterations and they are being passed to builders to price from and to Building Control if Building Regulations are needed.

Other clients are adding Floor Plans produced by us to their own websites for prospective guests information prior to booking.

Much of the time planning permission is not required for internal work, (this changes with Listed Buildings). Permitted development rights may cover your work, but if not, a Householder Planning Application fee to the local authority will be £206, with a £20 Planning Portal service charge. Building Regulations will most likely be relevant.

Do get in touch to discuss your needs, we cover Norfolk and can schedule an onsite chat to speak in person.

Planning Approval Gained.

Happy to report our latest successful Planning Application approval from South Norfolk District Council.

‘Retrospective application for outbuildings, sauna, fence, including change of use of outbuildings to B8 use’. 

If you have had a local authority visit from an enforcement officer and need to submit a retrospective planning application for building work that you do not have permission for, contact us. Our initial onsite visit is free of charge.

Building Regulations

Building Regulations are a range of Parliament approved standards, enforced by government.

They outline minimum standards for design, construction and alteration of any building or building project here in the UK.

We are able to prepare separate drawings once your application has been approved, for submission to either your local authority building control department, or your choice of private company. They will then price for Building Control on your project and advise further.

Contact us for more information…