So, why come to Ecclesall Design?
We are proud of our 100% success record. Every planning application we have submitted has been granted approval. There aren’t many architects or architectural services providers around who can boast of that record! We have achieved it by being honest to clients about the likelihood of their aspirations being granted planning approval and by making sure that we only take on projects where we are confident of success. We’re not saying we’re perfect but so far we haven’t been wrong… we really will do our best to achieve what you want. Our excellent reputation matters to us and our many personal recommendations rely on our continued success.
Most projects can be made to fall comfortably within current planning guidelines – as long as your professional designer knows what they’re doing, which we do, and if we’re in doubt we recommend that we submit a Pre-application Enquiry on your behalf with plans that show clearly what you’d like to achieve. This application buys us very helpful time and consideration from a Planning Officer to provide ‘informal officer advice’ as to which option the Planning Authority would be likely to support.
A Pre-application Enquiry might be used, for example, if you have a property with a large garden in a Conservation Area, and you’re wondering whether you’d achieve planning permission for a new build house in part of the garden. Once the Planning Officer has evaluated the application in conjunction with colleagues such as the Conservation Team we are given feedback so that when your formal planning application is submitted you can be confident of the support of the Planning Authority. This approach applies if you’re looking for a larger extension where guidance from the Planning Authority would be welcomed prior to the formal planning application being submitted.
We are happy to note that every Pre-application Enquiry we have ever submitted has achieved support for the formal application. The last thing we’d want is be paid to ‘draw plans’ that don’t ultimately achieve planning permission (unless of course the project is ‘Permitted Development’ so doesn’t need planning permission – that’s absolutely ok).
Even before we get to the point of submitting details to the Planning Authority, we will first survey your existing property/land, take photographs and measurements then draw a set of existing plans and elevations. We sometimes recommend that you obtain a topographical survey.
A topographical survey would usually be carried out for a new build, and some large extensions, to establish an accurate layout of the available land and any existing structures including dwellinghouses, boundary walls, outhouses and anything else significant such as trees and neighbouring properties. A failure to establish accurately what exists in the proximity of the proposed project could result in the intended construction project not fitting into the available land so we believe it is a fundamental requirement to any project where space is at a premium.
If your project fits the Permitted Development rules, we would recommend that a Lawful Development Certificate be sought, at a fee of half the normal planning fee. This is not essential but it provides you with peace of mind and may well be required if you subsequently decide to sell your home. We would make the application on your behalf as part of our fee; you would only pay the fee required by the Planning Authority.
Once you have the final drawings we’ll sort out the Building Regulations details for you. Our price includes providing the Building Regulation plans, section drawings, drainage drawings and other details that Building Control need to approve the plans for a fee of £180, payable to Building Control. Once the details have been assessed Building Control will let you know the structural calculations that are required from a structural engineer; we can recommend an excellent structural engineer at this point.
The first step to take is to get in touch – let’s get your project started!