MAKING PLANS

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Derby Office

Surrey Office

Q&A

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We have tried to answer as many of our most frequently asked questions below. If you still cannot find the information you are looking for, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

  1. Contact us to discuss what you would like to achieve with your project.
  2. We will arrange a free one-hour consultation at your property or the project address if different. 
  3. After the meeting, we will promptly send you a proposal setting out all stages of work and the associated fees required for your project. 
  4. If you are happy to proceed, you will sign our Agreement which forms part of our Standard Conditions of Contract. 
  5. We will arrange a mutually convenient date and time to meet at the property to complete a measured survey.
  6. We will have a draft copy of your drawings ready for viewing in around 2/3 weeks from completing the survey.
  7. We will ask you to visit our office to view the plans. Any drawing amendments can then be discussed.
  8. Once you are happy with the plans, we will share them with you and submit them to the relevant planning department.

 

All of the above will be carried out and charged in line with our fee proposal. We would only begin each stage of work after receiving your instructions, and we would never add unexpected costs at the end. Any additional work will be charged at the hourly rates set out in the fee proposal.

No, we act as your agent and submit the planning application on your behalf, but you are required to pay the planning fee and the planning admin fee directly upon receipt of a confirmation email from the UK Planning Portal.

Once the planning fee has been paid, the planning portal sends your application to the appropriate local authority, which will acknowledge it. There is a period of validation, and once they are satisfied everything is correct, a validation letter is issued. The decision period is usually 8 weeks, but this can take longer. 

No. Planning permission is not the only approval required. In most cases, Building Control approval is also required for any building project to ensure that work is carried out according to the current Building Regulations. Certain projects will not require Building Control approval, but we would advise you further on this.

However, on some projects, it is possible to carry out the Building Control stage of work in parallel with the planning application. This can be discussed.

The planning drawings alone do not show enough information; additional work is required to update the planning drawings and add additional information, such as a detailed section drawing and a specification for the project. Structural calculations may also be required for the steels, which will be indicated on the plans, together with thermal calculations if there is an excessive amount of glazing. In addition, it may be necessary to submit an application to the Local Water Authority if you are building near or close to a public sewer. We can advise and assist by carrying out all the work required for Building Control and submitting an application to Building Control to gain approval under the latest Building Regulations.

However, on some projects, it is possible to carry out the Building Control stage of work in parallel with the planning application. This can be discussed.

The process for obtaining Building Control approval takes approximately 3–4 weeks from submitting the application.

However, on some projects, it is possible to carry out the Building Control stage of work in parallel with the planning application. This can be discussed.

We recommend obtaining a detailed cost estimate outlining all up-to-date material and labour costs for your project. This is something we can obtain for you, and we recommend doing this during the planning process. This will allow you to manage your budget accordingly.

However, on some projects, it is possible to carry out the Building Control stage of work in parallel with the planning application. This can be discussed.

We can produce a Schedule of Works for your project, outlining in detail all your requirements; this would also form a contractual tender document. Once agreed with you, we can issue this, together with the drawings, specifications, and any other documentation, to four building companies recommended by us so they can tender your project and provide a fixed price quotation for the work. We can then check the quotations received and agree with you on which builder to choose.

We have years of project management experience, and if required, we can offer a full project-managed turnkey service or ad-hoc visits to manage your chosen builder depending on your needs.

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Contact us if you have a development you’d like to discuss: 01283 703160