I have been a part of the UK construction industry since 1988, firstly as an apprentice stonemason and now as a qualified and experienced building surveyor. Throughout those years I have been either employed or self-employed in a variety of trade and construction management roles, including Contracts Manager, CDM Co-ordinator, Contracts Administrator and Building Surveyor.
The planning system and the Building Control Process can be confusing, with complex rules and regulations to be adhered to at every turn, so a good way to start the ball rolling is with a free consultation meeting at your home to discuss your requirements. This is an initial opportunity for you to explain what your vision is, and for us to set out what you may be allowed to do without applying for planning permission using the permitted development rules, to detail how the planning process works, go over Building Regulation requirements, and discuss fees etc.
One hour is normally sufficient, following which a survey is undertaken.
Once a quotation has been agreed upon and an initial site survey completed, we enter into a dialogue where you let us know what you hope to achieve from the development. We take this information and shape it into an initial drawing, which you then approve. Sounds simple right? However this is probably the most difficult period of the entire process, as this is where you need to be completely satisfied that the design is right for you.
You can communicate with us as much as is required until you are happy that the design is right for you, only then will we proceed to the detailed design phase. We usually email proposals for clients to consider, which helps to speed this phase along. There is no additional fee for design alterations at this stage, this is all about getting your project right.
The time spent in this phase is normally dictated by the client and is generally about 1 to 2 weeks (if you really know what you want we can get through this in a few days!).
Following agreement with you on the design of the development we finalise the drawings and put the finishing touches to the design, ready for submission to the Local Authority.
This usually takes a week at most.
This is an option for clients who are seeking clarification on planning requirements, and want to ensure the proposed development meets the Local Authorities requirements. This route has additional fees to the Local Authority (approx £40/50), however we will not charge for using this option and will prepare the application as part of the agreed fee.
The Local Authority will take approximately 4 weeks to provide this advice.
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