FAQ – Architectural Designs by SCP
Providing architectural design plans to Hampshire, Dorset, and the south of England, based in Lymington.
Planning permission is usually required for most developments, however, smaller extensions and certain loft conversions may be allowed under your permitted development right. You should be advised of the appropriate Planning process to meet the requirements of your project during the initial consultation.
Permitted Development has been created so that small extensions & conversions can be carried out without having to apply for official planning permission, we can advise you of your projects requirements and what applications will be required. Alternatively, you can obtain more information on Permitted Development Planning Portal by visiting this link:- Permitted Development Guidance.
Although you are able to build under Permitted Development rules without applying for planning permission it is always advisable that you apply for a Certificate of Lawful Development. SCP can carry out this application on your behalf. Basically, drawings of your proposed development are submitted to the Local Authority Planning Department along with a location plan, block plan, application forms, and the application fee. The Local Authority will asses the application to ensure the project falls within Permitted Development rules and then return a letter of approval. This approval letter will ensure when your property is sold at a later date the paperwork for any new extensions or alterations are in place for the conveyancing solicitors.
Almost inevitably yes, but we can advise building regulations set standards for the design and construction of buildings to protect the safety and health of inhabitants. They cover many areas such as structure, fire escape, drainage, ventilation, conservation of fuel and power, Permission is a legal requirement.
Planning applications normally take eight weeks to be processed, from the date of validation, if everything runs smoothly. It can, however, take an authority 2 to 4 weeks to validate an application depending upon their workload.
Can I start building works before obtaining all the approvals?
It is against the law to start building works without planning permission; if you do start work before approval is granted you may be forced to put the building back to its original state entirely at your own cost. It is extremely risky to start works prior to obtaining all approvals.
If you think your property will benefit from an extension, conversion or a modernisation in any way, or have any questions about contact us for a consultation.please