The Typical Process
i) Initial consultation where the brief and site constraints are discussed.
ii) A measured survey is undertaken in order to generate as existing drawings from which to design.
iii) A planning application is submitted and monitored.
iv) Party Wall notices and other statutory notices are applied for.
v) A set of Building Control drawings with structural engineers’ calculations are prepared.
vi) Additional information necessary for the building work is prepared.
If you are at the early stages of deciding whether to embark on a project but are unsure about which configuration will work best and what the likely costs / risks are going to be then a feasibility study prepared by us may help you decide.
A typical feasibility study will consist of around three sketch options with a rough estimate of build cost.
All proposed development is subject to The Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
For domestic projects, the application type will most likely fall under the following categories:
Most domestic properties enjoy Permitted Development rights which allow the homeowner to build without permission (See www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/house for further details.).
If your project meets the criteria, we can prepare an application for a Certificate of Lawful Development which confirms that your proposed build is Permitted Development.
A Householder Application for Planning Permission.
This will be required for larger domestic projects. We will advise you on the planning issues that will affect your project; prepare and submit your application and monitor the application throughout the statutory decision period.
Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings.
An enhanced level of detailed information is required for applications within a Conservation Area or for work to Listed Buildings. We will put together this additional information and act as team leader for additional consultants (Such as building surveyors.) should this be necessary.
Party Wall Advice
Many properties share structures and boundaries with others and it is important to follow the correct Party Wall procedure to avoid unnecessary delays, expense and legal proceedings, even on the smallest or most straightforward of projects. Ver Architecture have acted on behalf of clients in negotiating Party Wall matters including making conditions surveys and serving the appropriate notices.
For a limited number of projects, Julia offers a Contract Administration service during the build, with authority to issue instructions to the builder and conduct site visits and certify payments.