What is planning permission?
Construction of new buildings and extensive changes to existing buildings usually requires consent from the local planning authority in the form of planning permission. The planning system is designed to control inappropriate development.
Planning drawings should clearly show the differences from how the property looks now and how the property will look once work has been completed. These drawings, although accurate in scale will not show building details or contain any information required in constructing the proposed works. Once planning is approved the next stage will be building regulations. This is where construction details will be documented and sent to Building Control for their approval.
House Extensions are a great way of gaining extra space in your home and are generally a more affordable and less disruptive alternative to moving, plus a professional house extension can also add value to your property sometimes by as much as 20%.Quite often you can extend your home without planning permission. We can advise if this is possible with your proposals.
Installing a Loft Conversion has many benefits. Up to 30% of a home's potential space is located in the attic and converting this will provide a significant amount of room that can be used for a variety things. A professional Loft Conversion can also add value to your property and can increase your house's value by as much as 20%.
What Are Building Regulations?
The Building Regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building. They are developed by the Government and approved by Parliament.
The Building Regulations also contain a list of requirements that are designed to ensure minimum standards for health, safety, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency, sustainability and to prevent misuse, abuse or contamination of water supplies.
These regulations set national standards for building work, whether it be on a major new development or an extension or alterations to your home. They cover all aspects of construction, including foundations, damp-proofing, the overall stability of the building, insulation, ventilation, heating, fire protection and means of escape in case of fire. They also ensure that adequate facilities for people with disabilities are provided in certain types of building.
Building Regulations are regularly being updated, and consist of parts A-S.