Monthly Archives: December 2017

Lawful Development Status Confirmed

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

From time to time, we are asked to design residential extensions for clients which fall under permitted development (PD) rules. Householders are permitted to carry out a range of extension projects to their home without first obtaining planning permission, providing the proposed works satisfy a list of rules.

However, in certain cases we advise clients that in order to provide additional reassurance, that they should apply for and obtain a Certificate of Lawful Development from their local authority.

This is a simpler and cheaper process than applying for Planning Permission, and means that should the property be sold in the future, all of the paperwork confirming that the extension is permitted is readily available.

We achieved this recently for a client in Oxfordshire; the proposal involved demolishing a conservatory and replacing it with a single storey rear extension – see 3D visual impression. The local authority agreed and duly issued the Certificate. Our client can now go ahead with the project, reassured that everything complies with permitted development rules.

We can provide lots more advice on how to improve and extend your home.

Extra Parking for Residents

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Thame & District Housing Association is a Registered Social Landlord which provides rented accommodation for people over 60 years of age. Pearce Court in Thame is a very popular residential development with a number of flats and some recreational/shared space. However, over the years it became clear that there was insufficient parking for residents as more people run their own cars, or have visitors arriving by car.

As the Housing Association had already secured planning permission for enlarging the car park, our role was to procure suitable construction firms and then subsequently project manage the works. We also carried out the contract administration.

If you have a similar project that would benefit from some professional management, then we would be very happy to discuss it – you may be surprised at how we can add value and take away a lot of the stresses of construction projects of any kind, not just extensions and new builds

The National Trust Estate Office at Ashridge

Monday, December 4th, 2017

An office extension has just been completed at Ashridge Estate near Tring for our client The National Trust. The estate office is a busy hub for rangers, volunteers and managers engaged in taking care of estate which includes over 5,000 acres of woodlands. Our role was to design an extension for the timber framed building, apply for planning consent and produce the technical specification and construction drawings. We also took care of contract administration during the build.

A biomass boiler to provide heating and hot water was installed as part of the extension project, and the fuel will be supplied from the woodland which surrounds the estate. New offices, a team room and a changing area have all been provided, and staff can also enjoy an external decking area in the warmer months.

As the estate office is constantly in use – including at weekends – the improvements are being already appreciated by staff.