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

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.

Think about home ‘design’ from the word go…

Gable End with Flemish BondWhen thinking of building a home as a ‘self build’ or adding an extension, look around your immediate area, is there a predominance of a particular style or of certain materials, brick, render, chalk, carstone, flint?

The gable end on this home, was considered well before the home was built, Flemish Bond brickwork, False Window and additional detail with clay roof tiles, blend the home more immediately into it’s environment.

We draw plans for submission to local authority for Planning Application Approval, and produce drawings for Building Regulations that can be used to give to builders for quotes…

Planning Applications Submitted

Along with drawing up designs for New Build Homes and Extensions we are happy to carry this all the way through the planning process.

Submitting clients planning applications online as part of our service. Generally the process between submission and decision takes 8 weeks but can take longer depending on the local authority at the time.

We can work within the city of Norwich, but are also able to offer service in villages including, but not limited to Letheringsett, Barsham, Wighton, Hainsford, Foxley, Hempton and Hunworth…