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2020!

Now that the Christmas festivities are complete and the decorations put safely away for another year, we’d like to wish our clients past and present a very Happy New Year.

Thank you for your business!

If you would like to take a look at just some of the planning applications that we have submitted and successfully taken through the planning system please follow the link here!

2020

January 2020 Appointments

How can we help you with that idea in your head about an extension to create more space in your Norfolk family home or holiday property, or for the self build project that’s been a niggling ambition for the last decade? Maybe you have have started construction work without permission, and have been reported to the local authority, believe me, it happens…

We’ve been super lucky in 2019 to have worked with lovely people. Some excited by projects they are undertaking, one or two very concerned as they have had enforcement officer visits due to work being completed without permission, albeit unwittingly. Some were business premises, or extensions to homes, others internal alterations and work to second homes here in North Norfolk.

We have been able to collaborate with our clients, to advise on what, in our experience will be approved and what may be less likely to be permitted. We’ve produced planning drawings, relevant design, access and heritage statements, and where necessary have been able to provide third party reports for flood risk assessments, PEA’s (Preliminary Ecological Appraisals), Arboricultural reports and more.

2019’s projects have involved Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings, business premises, change of use, agricultural developments and houses of multiple occupation as well as householder applications for anything from a porch to substantial dwelling expansion.

We have experience submitting applications across North Norfolk, South Norfolk, King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Broadland, Breckland and Norwich City local authorities.

Simply contact us here or by phone, email or via Instagram or Facebook direct messaging. We can make a diary note and schedule a site meeting for January, meaning you are organised, and you can get on with the Christmas festivities!

Planning drawing

Planning approval Wells.

We are so happy to have gained Planning Permission for our clients in Wells-Next-The-Sea in North Norfolk.

The owner’s approached us to discuss improving the layout of the space available to them for their business in the Conservation Area in the town.

After ongoing consultations with the couple and North Norfolk District Council Planning Department, we have secured permission for alterations to the business space and improved out door area for their private use.

We considered both the property owner’s needs, the privacy of the neighbouring property and the visual appearance from the rear of the building, whilst listening to both our clients and to the requirements of the planning department.

Congratulations to the clients and thank you for entrusting us with your application.

Quay at Wells Next The Sea.
Wells-Next-The-Sea. North Norfolk. Quay.

Halloween…

The end of October and Halloween is here!

To put it into context ‘Planning’ wise. Planning applications submitted this week, will be validated by your local authority within the next week or so and can then move through the planning process with a response possibly by the first few days or couple of weeks in January (allowing of course for Christmas holidays).

If you receive a positive response for your plans, your next step will be to submit drawings for Building Control approval, we can prepare these for you. You would also be able to show these to potential builders and tradesmen to quote from…

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Planning Applications

Full Planning Applications or Householder Applications submitted within the next couple of weeks and validated at the start of October should in theory reach decision level at the local authority at the beginning of December!

Leaving you December and the New Year to submit for Building Regulations approval, get quotes in from builders and tradesmen and ready to start exterior works in early Spring or interior works much earlier…

Contact us, to discuss your ideas for a home extension, conversion or new build.

Dining room

Planning Portal

Prospective clients are given notice that as from 1st August 2019, the Planning Portal, is increasing it’s ‘service fee’ to £25 for all applications with a local authority fee of greater than £60. This will be added to overall fees.

For applications with a local authority fee of less than £60, there will no longer be a Planning Portal charge.

Our London To Do List!

We love a trip to London and a couple of things that are on our ‘to do’ list for our very next visit are The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street in the city and The Barbican and Barbican Estate.

During a trip to the city, we find it hard not to be in awe of the design and architecture of both buildings and public space. We prefer long days of strolling through the streets to shopping and more usual sight seeing!

The Sky Garden has grabbed our attention, it’s a public space, over 3 floors and offers 360 degree city views from way up high! The planting is based on drought resistant, terraces which offers colour all year, it was designed by landscape architects Gillespies!

The Barbican Estate is a residential estate built in the brutalist style of architecture in the 1960’s and 80’s. It also has the Barbican Arts Centre, Museum of London, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Barbican Public Library all right at hand. Our nearest Brutalist form of architecture here in Norfolk is the University of East Anglia.

As soon as we have ticked these of the list, we’ll be posting some photos, so do come back to see them!

In the meantime, we are hard at work here in the Fakenham office. Some of our smaller projects currently involve drawing plans for an aviary at a listed property in Norfolk and a double cart-shed near Dereham. On the building regulations front, we are preparing drawings for clients near Diss whose planning application has been passed.

Do get in touch if you have any questions regarding a future self build, a renovation project or extension to your home here in North, West or South Norfolk, Broadland, Breckland or Norwich City. We work with homeowners and local building contractors and developers, are happy to chat and can send out an estimate of our fees.

Norfolk Home designed by us.

Help with your planning application.

It’s 5 in the morning, it’s summer here in Norfolk and it’s been light for a while! The birds are happily chirping outside and our chickens are itching to see me at the gate! This has to be one of the best times of the day, everyone else is asleep and I’ve got the windows flung open!

I am continuing on the theme of giving an insight into the diversity of projects we work with, to illustrate how we sometimes play a smaller, yet important part in clients planning application submissions.

A client approached us last year to assist with a planning application on a piece of land on the Norfolk Coast. They had submitted the application themselves, but the local authority required more detailed planning drawings. The applicant was applying to replace a dilapidated timber frame home with a park home.

Deckchairs at the beach.

Our client was in the final stages of completing on the purchase of the home and needed to transport it, on wheels from it’s current location outside of Norfolk.

We were able to prepare plans of the plot, the park home, plus landscape and access immediately surrounding the proposed development. We provided a Design and Access Statement and passed all to the client, to add to their application. When the local authority responded to the client for changes, we were able to amend the plan and resubmit in a timely manner.

If you have chosen to submit a planning application independently and more detailed plans and other documentation have been requested please do get in touch, we’ll be happy to chat, give you an estimate of our fees and try to answer any questions you may have. We can produce a Planning Statement, location & site plans plus drawings showing existing and proposed elevations.

Case Study

We are often asked what we do, what services we provide and how we can help clients. With this in mind, we have decided to write over time a few examples of how we have assisted past clients with their differing requirements.

Names and address’s will be intentionally been left out.

In the summer of 2018, we were contacted by a couple from a village location in Norfolk. They were very concerned as they had been visited by an enforcement officer from their District Council after contact had been made by a third party.

The couple were running a business away from the home and were using part of their garden for storage. They also had a conservatory at the home, which did not have planning permission, it had been built many years previously and they did not know that permission was required. The home was a listed building with some shared access.

We were able to visit the couple at home, draw plans on CAD of the property, the conservatory and garden sheds.

We communicated with the local authority planning department over a period of time on the clients behalf, meaning that after that initial visit they did not have to.

We submitted 3 planning applications in total. After our site visits we supplied photography, existing and proposed plans, design & access statement, heritage statement, amongst other information.

The first application was a Full Planning & Listed Building Consent Application to deal with the retrospective planning required for the property and business use.

The second for Listed Building Consent for partial demolition and reconstruction of the conservatory and other alterations to the dwelling.

The third was a Householder Planning Application and Listed Building Consent as above.

All applications were approved, we were able to offer an alternative conservatory design, which the planners were in support of, the storage use has been defined and set, alterations to the dwelling as requested by the clients are also approved.

A listed building is a heritage asset and as such is protected for future generations by planning departments.

This was a stressful time for our clients, but with their willingness to communicate with both us and the planners and to listen to the local authority requirements we were able to reach a place where both parties were happy. The couple will go on to create a lovely conservatory which is covered by planning permission, meaning that if they ever wish to sell their home, the paperwork will be in order.

If you are in a similar situation and have questions to ask please do get in touch, we try to be as clear as possible about local authority fees and our own and send out an estimate before work commences.

Planning Application Approval – Sheringham

We are happy to have worked with our North Norfolk based clients to prepare planning drawings for alterations to their lovely Sheringham home.

Approval has just be given by North Norfolk District Council for demolition of attached studio and outbuildings, erection of attached garage with room above, single storey extension and addition of dormer.

Great news and construction work can begin once building regulations approval has been given.

As ever, we remind all clients that the conditions given by their local authority on their consent notification must be adhered to.

For examples of some of the other planning approvals we have gained for our Norfolk clients please click here!