There is talk of changes to planning law to speed up the planning process so to get the economy moving by getting the country building. This may be welcomed by home-owners and seen as an opportunity to get their projects started, but be careful. If new permitted development laws come into force there will always be exceptions. These usually are conservation areas, listed buildings, and buildings of special character.
There is much more to good design then obtaining planning approval.
Is the build going to add value to your property? Are there other ways of achieving what the client is aiming for?
Architectural designers are trained to take a brief and help clients identify what the key objectives are. We encourage clients to jot down a list of ‘must have’ and ‘nice to haves’. The time spent with a trained professional is invaluable in helping the client to determine what really matters and to be open minded to exploring other alternatives.

When we are engaged we will advise the client on everything that needs to be taken into considered. The sort of issues that often need to be mentioned include the need for pre works asbestos surveys, The Partywall Etc Act, CDM regulations, building over drain permissions, etc etc., designing for future mobility issues,
We advise on domestic building contracts and the wisdom of having a schedule of works produced for builders to price.

There is so much more to progressing your project than obtaining planning. Don’t find out that you could have significantly improved the project or avoided a problem after its been built.