Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to questions about the services we offer and more general questions about planning permission, building regulations and more.

What is planning gain?

Answer: In a nutshell, planning gain is the increase of the value of land or property, simply by gaining planning permission.

How big can my extension be and be covered under permitted development rules?

Answer: It’s not a straightforward answer, as every property needs to be judged on its merits. There are lots of factors that need to be considered, such as height, plot size, materials, boundaries, conservation areas and many others. This is why it is best to give us a call and we’ll give you a free consultation and answer any questions specific to your property.

Can I build right on the boundary of my property?

Answer: Yes you can though some height restrictions may apply in most cases.

Do I have to comply with building regulations for my garden office?

Answer: Yes and No……. The size, the use and facilities within the proposed building all have a bearing on whether building regulations apply. Contact Us for advice specific to your property.

Is there a limit to the amount of my garden I can use for my extension?

Answer: In permitted development terms you can use 50% of the land surrounding the original property. You can use more area subject to planning permission.

Do I need planning permission to add a balcony on my property?

Answer: Yes! This also applies to raised verandas.

How do I submit my planning documents?

Answer: You don’t need to. As part of our service we’ll take care of that for you.

Can I get retrospective planning permission?

Answer: Yes this is possible, but it is always advisable to obtain planning permission before any development to avoid expensive problems.

How long does it take to get planning permission?

Answer: As a general rule, the design process will take between two to four weeks and a planning application should take approximately eight weeks.

My planning permission has been turned down. Can you help?

Answer: Yes, Absolutely! We can look at why your application was turned down and through discussions can adjust the design. You can re-submit a second application to your local council within a year, as part of your original planning fee. Should this fail there is still the appeal process.