Planning Law Changes – An Opportunity or A Risk?George Gaduzo
There is talk of changes to planning law to speed up the planning process. Many will see this as good news and an opportunity to get projects started. However, if new permitted development laws do come into force there will be exceptions such as, conservation areas, listed buildings, and buildings of special character and therein lies risk of falling foul of the law.
There is much more to a successful project then obtaining planning approval. Is the design the best it can be? Is the build going to add value to the property? Are there other ways to increase or improve the layout? If the build will not add value should moving be considered?
Why Use Architectural Designers?
Architectural designers take a design brief and help clients identify key objectives.
We encourage clients to jot down a list of ‘must have’ and ‘nice to haves’. Time spent with a trained professional will result in determining clients priorities and other ways to achieve the objectives. We will advise the client on everything that needs to be taken into considered. This includes the need for pre works asbestos surveys, The Partywall Etc Act, CDM regulations, building over drain permissions, etc etc., designing for future mobility issues.
What are the benefits?
Firstly, the proposals will be the best they can be. Secondly, if detailed building plans are accompanied with a schedule of works this will enable the full scope of work to be clearly defined. What must be included in the price can be specifically listed and this will result in more consistent prices. Moreover, the better the quality of information provided the least likely that misunderstandings will result. Lastly, you will receive professional guidance and advice on the advantages of entering into a formal domestic building contract and how to go about it.
There is so much more to progressing your project than obtaining planning. If you want to avoid finding out after the work has started that there were significant improvements that could have been made, engage an architect or architectural designer.