Planning Application

What is an architect?


Officially, under the Architect Act 1997, for someone to use the term 'architect', they must have been completed training at a RIBA* registerted course. This means they have studied for a minimum of 7 years. This is to ensure safe and regulated building work is being overseen by a (*Royal Institute of British Architects)




What do I need to know about extending?


There are many phases that must be completed for an extension to be built. This process is often confusing, but with the right knowledge and guidance, the process is not as scary as it may seem. Here are two things many people often overlook: 1. NOT every extension will require planning permission. 2. EVERY extensions WILL require building control. Planning Permission: This application is sent to the local council Building Control: When altering your property, you will need to employ a building control surveyer to come and inspect the works and ensure they are being carried out to a safe standard.




What is a planning application?





What do need to submit for a planning application?


To submit a planning application, you will need to upload 'existing' and 'proposed' versions of the following drawings to your local council's building application portal: 1. Location Plan - Typically at 1:1250 or 1:2500 scale. This plan shows the council where your properly/land sits in relation to the town/surrounding roads. 2. Block Plan - Typically at 1:500 or 1:200 scale. This plan shows the boundary of your land. This is to ensure the building works are not taking place outside the boundary of your property. 3. Floor plans - Typically at 1:100 or 1:50 scale. These show the ground floor, any other floors and roof plan of the existing and the proposed building so that the application reviewer can contrast what is already on the site and compare this to what you propose to build. 4. Elevations - Typically 4 for a detatched, 3 for a semi detatched and 2 for a terraced house (with suitable cross sectional plans if necessary). These are at the same scale as the floor plans and are used to show the application reviewer how the building will look from different directions. These are most important to show how the building's appearance will change from the street and from the perspective of your neighbours.




Do I need planning permission?


Heres a list of factors that must be adhered to for works to NOT require a planning application.





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