Future Design Limited
House Plans, new and extensions, Conservatories, garages, all plans drawn and submitted to local authorities
The aim of the planning system is to protect amenity and the environment in the interests of the general public. Within the framework of legislation approved by Parliament, councils should try to ensure that development is allowed where required, whilst ensuring that the character and amenity of the area are not adversely affected by new buildings or alterations to the use of existing buildings or land.
You need planning permission for most building works or changes of use of land or buildings.
However not all building works or changes of use require the submission of a planning application to the Council. There is a certain types of development which is classed as 'permitted development'.
Future Design Limited can give further advice regarding permitted development and the need for a formal application during the initial feasibility assessment.
Whether or not you need to apply for planning permission for your work, there are some other kinds of approval you may need. Future Design Limited will advise you on all necessary approvals.
Possible approvals include:-
Listed building consent
Conservation area consent
Rights of way
Take Care...!!! If you build something which needs planning permission without obtaining permission first, you may be forced to put things right later, which could prove troublesome and costly. You might even have to remove an unauthorised building.
Everybody's taste varies and different styles will suit different types of property. Nevertheless, a well-designed building or extension is likely to be much more attractive to you and to your neighbours, It is also likely to add value to your house when you sell it. It is therefore worth thinking carefully about how your property will look after the work is finished. Extensions often look better if they use the same materials and are in a similar style to the buildings which are there already. It is impossible to give a single definition of good design in this context; there may be many ways of producing a good result for your proposal.
Future Design Limited will take into account all aspects of the design, working closely with you and your local planning department to produce the best possible aesthetic.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) is responsible for Building Regulations, which exist principally to ensure the health
and safety of people in and around buildings. The regulations apply to most new buildings and many alterations of existing buildings,
whether domestic, commercial or industrial.
Building Regulations promote:-
· Standards for most aspects of a building's construction, including its structure, fire safety, sound insulation, drainage, ventilation and electrical safety. Electrical safety was added in January 2005 to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and fires caused by faulty electrical installations
· Energy efficiency in buildings. The changes to the regulations on energy conservation proposed on 13 September 2005 will save a million tonnes of carbon per year by 2010 and help to combat climate change
· The needs of all people including those with disabilities. They set standards for buildings to be accessible and hazard-free wherever possible
The Building Regulations contain various sections dealing with definitions, procedures, and what is expected in terms of the technical performance of building work:-
· Structure (Part A)
· Fire safety (Part B)
· Site preparation and resistance to moisture (Part C)
· Toxic substances (Part D)
· Resistance to the passage of sound (Part E)
· Ventilation (Part F)
· Hygiene (Part G)
· Drainage and waste disposal (Part H)
· Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems (Part J)
· Protection from falling, collision and impact (Part K)
· Conservation of fuel and power (Part L)
· Access to and use of buildings (Part M)
· Glazing - safety in relation to impact, opening and cleaning (Part N)
· Electrical safety (Part P)
· Materials and workmanship (Regulation 7)
Future Design Limited are well experienced in dealing with the technical design involved in submitting proposals to your local building control office. We will incorporate all necessary design, details and specification into your proposal to gain the required approval.
You should particularly bear in mind that complying with the Building Regulations is a separate matter from obtaining planning permission for your work. Similarly, receiving any planning permission which your work may require is not the same as taking action to ensure that
it complies with the Building Regulations.
Undertaking any building work is always a worthwhile exercise if the building plans are properly designed, resulting in successful construction and satisfaction. We also act as your agent throughout the whole design process. In the long run, it is cheaper to choose someone with good experience and workmanship than a cheaper client with slipshod approach. Anybody can have a new extension, or conservatory, but how many designs are sympathetic to the home's and the street's surroundings?