Friday, 24 October 2014

Extension Works On Site

Managing projects on site from the smallest extension to the largest new build includes a range of tasks to satisfy all parties which include:
  •          Administrating the contract between the Client and the Contractor
  •          Periodic inspections of the works on site
  •          Ensuring an appropriate quality of workmanship is maintained
  •          Requests  for payment are checked and certified
  •          Assisting with any queries arising on site during construction.

Here is small domestic extension to replace a conservatory and outbuildings on a property in Northwich, remodelling the floor area into more usable space. It is currently on site with periodic visits by CB3 Design in line with the management tasks outlined above.

Existing & Proposed Plans
Existing & Proposed Plans





Thursday, 16 October 2014

Home Extensions - Permitted Development: England and Wales: When PD goes bad

The 10 Worst Permitted Development Loopholes


In a recent blog we put up a link to further advice on Permitted Development, this one is a little more light-hearted but does provide food for thought.

PD Rights can be very useful in improving the layout and increasing space available in your house.

However, it can be open to misuse which can lead to some developments that are not suitable and lead to missed opportunities and compromised spaces if taken too literally.

Clicking the image below will take you through to the Planning Jungle document produced to show the extremes of the PD allowances.

 10 Worst Permitted Development Loopholes
The 10 Worst Permitted Development Loopholes


Recent changes to PD provide a powerful tool created to try to reduce the log jam in local planning authorities, by automatically allowing minor development without the need for often complicated, costly and frustrating dealings with multiple parties with different vested interests. A Certificate of Lawfulness can be applied for as proof a proposal is valid under Permitted Development.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Extension Works On Site

When providing a full Architectural Service, an important component is Contract Administration and monitoring construction projects on site. The project illustrated below is currently progressing well on site. It consists of extending and remodelling a large domestic house in Greater Manchester. We make regular site visits to monitor progress and discuss any queries raised by the client or the contractor during the course of the works.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
[extension & conversion works in green]

Side Extension
Side Extension

Rear Extension
Rear Extension

Garage Conversion
Garage Conversion






Friday, 3 October 2014

Home Extensions - Permitted Development: England and Wales

We are often asked by residential clients “do I need planning permission?”


 Planning Portal

 Permitted Development rights (PD rights) are a set of rules which can allow extension & remodelling works to your home without the approval of a full planning application. In recent years there have been significant changes to PD rights that now allow much more development than that previously accepted, sometimes, even if you have previously extended your home. This is also the case for non-residential development; however we will concentrate on residential development for now.

The most significant change is that your Permitted Development rights are no longer based on purely size criteria but are more related to the size of your existing home and the proximity of neighbouring buildings.

This opens up much more potential to extend and adapt your home; giving possibilities of being able to develop without the need for planning permission, even in instances where planning permission would not be granted. There are many scenarios covered by PD, with most, but not all, houses having an entitlement. Your Local Authority will hold the status record of your PD Rights, or we can find this out for you

For some introductory examples click on the house below to link to the Planning Portal website and view the “interactive house” which is a handy tool giving more guidance on what is possible.

Interactive House
Interactive House

Whilst the “interactive house” is a useful starting point, this is guidance only and the actual intricacies of PD rights are far more complex. We suggest you seek confirmation that your proposals are within the more specific criteria of PD allowances, and in many instances we would advise that a Lawful Development Certificate is obtained from the Local Planning Authority confirming that specific proposals are within PD rights.

CB3 Design can help provide design solutions that fall within Permitted Development; prepare and submit applications for Lawful Development Certificates; and give you design advice on what is achievable. Please give us a call for more information.