Permitted Development Check
Permitted development rights have recently increased. This means if your project is small, you may not need planning permission. We will visit your site and carry out a survey, then draw up sketch plans and elevations to illustrate your extension. We will consult with the council to determine whether your project falls within your permitted development rights, in which case a full planning application is not necessary.
If a project is slightly contentious, we may suggest a sketch proposal is drawn up and run past the planners for their consideration, prior to preparation of a full planning application. The advantage of this method is that the council will offer pre-planning advice on whether the proposal is acceptable in principle or not. This saves time and money. A sketch proposal is quick to produce, and means unnecessary time isn’t spent preparing an application which may not be suitable. Pre-planning advice helps to inform the brief and increase the likelihood of achieving planning approval.
Preparation of a full planning application includes drawing up the detailed plans, elevations and section drawings at 1:100, site plan at 1:500, and site location plan at 1:1250. The drawings illustrate the proposal, and specify external finishes and elevation treatments. It can also include a street view, or CAD model to illustrate the proposal within the street context. Depending on the type of proposal and site location, an application may require a Design and Access statement, which is a detailed description of the principle of the proposal with respect to the relevant planning policies. We provide a fixed fee quotation for submission of the planning application, which allows for any drawing amendments, if requested by the council. The application process is monitored to determination and we will keep you in-formed of progress through out.
Once planning has been approved, a fixed price for preparation of the building regulations package can be provided. We work alongside structural, mechanical, electrical engineers and ecological consultants, in order to offer a full and comprehensive service tailored to meet your project requirements. It is these detailed construction drawings and specification notes that will be submitted to the local authority for building regulations approval.
Building work is a time consuming and costly process and can be extremely stressful for any client. AK Architects can administer a recognised form of building contract (JCT) between client and builder. Having a professional consultant who knows your project, help guide you through the complex construction process, using a fully prepared and detailed building specification, programme and schedule of works, minimises the risks involved and helps to keep cost and timescale under control from the outset. For overseeing your project, we charge a fixed fee, based on the contract sum.