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Planning Permission – The Basic Requirements

Friday, October 14th, 2011

How To Get Planning Permission

There Are Some Very Basic Things To Consider Prior To Applying For Planning PermissionFor A New House, A Loft Conversion, or a House Extension.

Over the last 12 months planning rules have changed and in particular so have Building Regulations. The process towards obtaining Planning Permission, in our opinion hasn’t become easier as the government promised. In fact, if truth be known, we could seriously question what if anything the government have done to help the building industry, in particular the so call small builder and developer, let alone people who simply no longer can afford to move house and instead want to carry out refurbishment works.  3d_architecture_concept

Before I get carried away with myself let’s consider what you can do to ensure that whatever planning application you are considering, you can at least help make your application process flow smoothly hence avoiding any long delays.

Here are 10 hots tips for you to consider towards putting together a planning application that in turn will definately help you to save time and money and prevent you from tearing your hair out.

  • Think carefully what it is you would like to achieve and why. In other words, a bigger kitchen, extra loft space for a play room, a bigger lounge or even a garage.
  • It is worth while doing a Google street view search of your property to try and visualize the impact it might have on the street view and your neightbours. This will give you an insight as to whether your expections will over effect your neighbours.
  • Have a chat with your neighbours to see what their thoughts would be and to establish if they would have any objections. It is always best ot have them on your side rather than the other way around.
  • Local planners always consider the impact a house extension, loft conversion, or a garage conversion would have on the street scene and how it would look in comparasion to adjourning properties, so bear this in mind when considering the size and style of what you are considering . It is no good asking for planning permission to build a black house in the middle of a white house, because it would stick out like a sore thumb !
  • The fees that local authorities charge for applying for planning or building regulations have all increased. Some authorities now even charge to consult them for advice. So long gone are the days of being able to pop in to see the planning officer for Free Advice.. Typcial!
    However, their advice could still be worth paying for . That said, just because a local planning officer may not agree with an application whether it be a loft conversion or large extension, it doesn’t mean that you won’t get permission granted. More and more planning appeals are being won than ever before because of the way some local authorities previously ran their departments.Planning Application, Loft Conversion, Garage Conversion, House Extension
  • It is worth while appointing a good builder, architect or engineer who can help you. Someone who is experienced in planning rules and if at all possible can offer who a complete design and build package.
  • Sadly for some reason the local authorities create a lot of unnecessary stress, delays and costs for ordinary people because of the way they operate their services. This can also be very demoralising and extremely stressful for people which has led them to give up trying, Having someone who can offer you a complete package and take away all of the stresses and strains is worth it’s weight in gold.
  • Set yourself a budget and have your project designed around such a budget rather than the other way around.
  • Alway, always, always take into consideration that you may spend more than you anticipated on design and engineering costs towards applying for planning permission and building regulations.
  • It is well worth asking what the design costs, application fees and engineering and building regulation fees will be, prior to kick starting your application.

With new Planning and Building legislation now in place it is a sad fact that costs are rising all the time. So be prepared for how quickly the design and planning fees can all add up to before you even start to dig a hole !

Yours Truly



How To Keep Your Lawn In Tip Top Shape

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Look After Your Lawn

There are many jobs we have to do to keep our homes and gardens looking clean, neat and tidy, some of which we hate going
but let’s be honest… if we keep on top of them they are much easier to do.   lawn4

Keeping your lawn in tip top shape is one of them. Weather permitting I mow my lawn twice a week, every Wednesday and Saturday. Call me boring but I do find it quite relaxing and very often enjoy doing it. If I miss a week or at worse two weeks then it can be hard work.

Mow your lawn on a regular basis and it will reduce the time it takes in the long run and keep it looking in tip top condition. Ensure you change the direction and the way you mow it every few weeks.

It is important to feed and weed your lawn at least twice a year to give it the nutriants it needs and to get rid of the weeds and the moss otherwise they will take over and destroy your lawn which in the long run will cost you more money to repair it. I always use a product that does it all in one go.

After a few weeks if any bare patches appear simply repair them with any lawn restorer product that will restore the places that the weeds may have taken over or that may have been worn away by the kids and family pets.lawn-care2

Treating your lawn in this way will help it to breath more and thicken up, giving it the that perfect look your neighbours will be envy of.

Keeping on top of looking after your lawn on a regular basis will allow you the time to enjoy it. Trust me…. as much as some of us hate DIY looking after your lawn it well worth the effort. You can if you prefer hire someone to do it for you.

Don’t forget to trim the edges and borders of the lawn for a neat and tidy finish. This really does make a big difference.

Enjoy ! ( weather permitting)

Yours truly



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