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Party Wall and Neighbour Issues

The party wall act provides certain rules on formal consultation with your neighbours where you intend to carry out work to or around a Party Wall. If this is an issue with the project then specialist advice will be needed. The best thing you can do from the outset is take a co-operative approach with your neighbours and ensure that you stay on the best of terms with them, even if you do so through gritted teeth.

Although you have statutory rights in terms of access and to carry out work to land near your neighbours, the process will be much quicker and cheaper if you have them onside from the start. The same goes for planning permission; people are less likely to object if they are ‘on side’. So talk to your neighbours about your plans and try to deal with any issues they may have from the very start of the project.

Services 

At Planit Survey Design we provide a comprehensive range of services that cover New builds, extensions, commercial buildings,garage conversions, internal alterations, Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) - whatever your design needs let us help you through the process.

 

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Home Extension Plans

Your family is growing or you just need more space but moving is not an option for you, then breath new life into your existing home by adding an extension. You can incorporate all manor of structural changes and possibilities to allow a better flowing space that will give you exactly what you desire. Will it be a bigger open plan kitchen or living area, a sedentary place to escape and enjoy your garden all year around, or simply a place to hang your coats. Extensions come in all shapes and sizes let us help you get the best out of your requirements for you individual building. 

 

 

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Commercial Services

From office layout plans to full site design incorporating parking places, we have worked with various companies to help them get the most out of their areas yet still achieve a comfortable working environment. We have helped child care providers set out their learning areas, floor plans for fire regulations and safe route display plans, conversions of chapels and business units into split use occupation. Find out how we can apply our design expertise to help you business premises work for you.  

 

 

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Feasibility studies and pre application advice

We feel this is one of the most important aspects in the design and planning process. Benefit from our extensive experience in dealing with local authority. Ask yourself questions like: Is my site big enough for my ideas? Will the type of material I want to use fit in and give me the results I'm after? Will it fit in and give me what I'm after? Are there major obstructions to overcome?  All these and many more questions will be raised during our first visit. It is often cost effective to see what can and cant be achieved as early as possible on some occasions it is beneficial to seek pre application site meetings or submit planning even though it is likely to be refused as the feedback is more helpful than pre advice. 

 

 

Permitted Development

Permitted Development and Neighbour Consultation

Its not always common knowledge that planning applications are not required at all times, as for some developments and changes of use Permitted Development and Neighbour Consultation can be used. However there are complex rules as to what can and cannot be done which is why we will discuss this with you from the outset. Commercial Permitted Development includes among other things: the conversion of offices to dwellings, change of use between certain classes and the change of barns to dwellings.  Householder Permitted Development includes the erection of porches, extensions and attic conversions (under certain rules).

There are exceptions to this:

  • If your house (or part of the house your developing) falls within a conservation area/national park.
  • If the house is a Listed property then planning and listed consent is required.

Even if your proposed development falls within Permitted Development, we always recommend that you apply to your local council for a certificate of Lawful Development.  This confirms the project is within the permitted development as well as ensuring that you are fully compliant with both permitted development and any conditions contained with the planning consent of the original build.  This also helps if your neighbours or prospective purchasers have any queries as these can be managed quickly and effectively.

There is a handy guide on the governments planning portal.  

 

 

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Building Regulations Approval

Providing local councils with precise and detailed drawings can speed up the planning permission process and get your building work underway at the earliest point.  To achieve this we provide detailed drawings that exceed minimum requirements including section through drawings, heights and other important details. 

There are two stages to gaining Building Regulations Approval. Stage one requires you to show how the scheme satisfies the regulations under the following categories:

  • Structure
  • Fire safety
  • Site and resistance to moisture
  • Toxic substances
  • Sound insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Hygiene
  • Drainage
  • Heating appliances
  • Staircases
  • Energy conservation
  • Access for the disabled
  • Glazing
  • Electrical installations

This involves more detailed plans being drawn up and a further application being submitted to the Council. These show that the proposed project will meet the requirements of the Building Regulations (or Building Code).

Stage two of Building Regulations approval involves site inspections at regular intervals to make sure the work is being carried out as detailed in the plans and to deal with any issues that arise during the build.

For more information about building regulations and the Competent Person Register scheme we advise you consult the Government’s competent person scheme  http://www.competentperson.co.uk/

 

surveyingFreelance Surveying Conservatories

We offer a surveying service to large conservatory companies and independent traders, we provide full detailed and accurate base plans with wall heights cross dimensions, ground topography,drain layout plans with pipe protection details when required for Local Water Authority, cavity tray location plans with pitches and height restrictions, planning application drawings when required. We can clarify all aspects of the sales contract with your customer and make any amendments if you require us to do so.

FENSA MTC qualified and certificated for window contracts 

FIRAS trained for flats and HMOs 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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