Planning and Permission

Plan for Planning Permission

Planning Permission – everybody needs it, but no one knows much about it. We’re going to break everything down for you. If you are planning to do an extension, the chances are, you will require permission from your local council, be that through Permitted Development of...

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Architectural Dictionary – Breaking down the Jargon

Architects use strange, unfamiliar language which can leave even a well versed property-enthusiast confused. Here is a little compilation of our most common architectural terms at Build Team, which will hopefully help put some terms into perspective. Of course, if something is still unclear, always...

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The Conservation Area

Living in a conservation area is a pretty special experience; the architecture in the area has been preserved and the character maintained for future generations. Of course, this has implications when it comes to home renovations, particularly to extensions and particular features. You can contact...

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Understanding Lofts

A loft conversion is a great way to transform unused space in your home, and there are lots of ways to go about doing it. A loft conversion typically adds a bedroom and a bathroom, however depending on your desires you could transform your loft...

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Stair Specification

Building Control is a collection of guidelines designed to maintain your safety when extending your home. During the build process, this typically involves four site visits: the first visit when the foundations are being laid, the second when the cavity wall is erected, the third...

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Permitted Development: Lofts

Lofts conversions are a fantastic way to gain some much needed space as they are usually very generous in the floor area that they add. Our Design Team have loads of design solutions but they are subject to a properties specific characteristics and local planning...

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Basement Planning

In a city where space is so valuable, it isn’t surprising that extending is becoming a popular alternative to moving. You wouldn’t believe the amount of space you can add to your home through extensions – and digging down to create a useable basement or...

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Basement Business

Whether you intend to go large and invest in a lower ground floor, or keep it simple and go for a cellar conversion; there are loads of ways you can use this underground space. We thought we would share just some of the ideas and...

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How High Can You Go?

Ceiling height was the hot topic of discussion at our most recent House Tour, and it’s certainly something we spend lots of time on during the Design Phase. There are loads of questions to answer on this topic, so we thought we’re run through the...

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Building Up in SW4

Our Design Team have recently obtained planning permission for a fantastic, three story extension in a conservation area in Lambeth. The additional space will add a massive 60SQ to the home, and will completely transform the property. When the homeowners approached us at the beginning of...

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External Expectations

When you are designing your extension, it is important that you find a design that is perfect for you, but that also satisfies your local council’s guidelines and neighbouring properties. One element that your local council will look at is the façade, which is the...

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Permit your Development

There are several types of application that you can submit to your local council. Our Design Team have tons of experience in submitting planning applications, and they’ll be able to best advise which is most appropriate for your scheme.   Depending on the size and character of...

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Who’s the Best in the South West?

When it comes to designing your home extension, your local council will influence your design as they do have the final say on whether it’s allowed. For this reason, it is certainly useful to have someone who knows what those guidelines are. At Build Team,...

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Permitted Development: How does it compare?

Amendments that fall within a certain criteria can be made to your property under Permitted Development; this means you don’t need to apply for full planning permission. While Permitted Development (PD) can be applied to most properties, it does not apply to flats, maisonettes or...

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The Party Wall Process

Party Wall Consent is a legal requirement that has been in place since 1996.This law was designed to regulate building works whilst also protecting adjoining owners and occupiers during building projects. It is a separate requirement to Planning Permission and one does not have an...

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Extending in a Conservation Area

We are frequently approached by prospective clients who query whether living in a conservation area will affect their planning application. The short answer is yes it does (a bit). All planning applications have to be submitted with restrictions in mind and being in a conservation...

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Loft Conversion Options

A loft conversion is a brilliant way to both increase the space available in your home and the value of your property. When designing your loft conversion it is important to note that there are several different shapes and styles available, and it’s a good...

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Haringay, N8 – Party Wall Problems

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the mysterious and complex process that is Party Wall. Often clients are unsure or misunderstand what is expected of them with regards to notifying their neighbours of impending building work. We are frequently asked whether neighbours can actually...

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Battersea, SW8 – Alternative to Wraparounds

Our latest project is a great example of a clever solution to overcome the Lambeth SPD policy on wraparound extensions.   Lambeth, like some of the other London boroughs such as Brent, have a policy against granting planning permission for wraparound extension designs, as they believe they...

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Extend before Christmas

The summer season is still with us, but restaurants are already advertising Christmas bookings, and before you know it department stores will have isles dedicated to different coloured tinsel! Back in April this year we wrote a blog article advising that if you wanted your Side...

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Looking to Buy? Ask the Right Questions

We are regularly contacted by prospective clients who are looking to purchase a property that has the potential for an extension. Whether you are a first time buyer or a current homeowner; it is beneficial to discuss the feasibility of an extension prior to committing...

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Do I Need Full Planning?

A question we are frequently asked by clients is whether they can build their side return extension under Permitted Development, rather than submitting a full Planning Application.   In 2013, for a period of three years until May 2016, legislation came into force which allowed for an...

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Benefits of Joint Applications

This is a question asked frequently by prospective clients keen to take advantage of any benefits and cost savings which can be gained by carrying out their build with their neighbour.   We have a lot of experience working on “double” builds and we have recognised the...

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Streatham, SW2 – Building in a Conservation Area

This stunning new extension we built in SW2 had very strict planning regulations as it was in a conservation area. Each Side Return Extension build comes with a new set of challenges. A common question we are asked is whether being in a conversation area will...

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Thinking of doing a Side Return and Loft?

There has never been a better time to convert a loft space and build a Side Return Extension at the same time. At Build Team, we routinely get asked to undertake Loft Conversions as part of a client’s Side Return plans. Our clients are typically...

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Collaborating with your Neighbour

There are a number of good reasons to collaborate with your neighbour when it comes to the Design and Build of a Side Return Extension and at Build Team we have developed a specialist knowledge base on how best to approach these projects.  We currently...

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Can I build my Side Return Extension under PD?

Sometimes you don’t need to add a large space to create a big impact on the layout of your home. A modest but well-designed extension can be transformative, changing the aspect of a room, bringing in valuable extra daylight, linking two existing spaces, or improving circulation...

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Landlord Consent to Extend

Following on from our recent blog post, Side Return Extensions for Flats, we have received many enquiries.  Many of you want to know how to go about getting your Landlord's consent.  Whilst we can't promise you will get the answer you want, here are some...

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Extensions for Flats

For most clients with a flat the primary reason for building a Side Return Extension is to convert their one bed into a two bed.  Whether you need more space but can't afford to move, or want to sell your flat on, it makes sense...

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Overcoming Hesitant Neighbours

Neighbours can be tricky, especially if you’re trying to make some home improvements. Whether they have had some bad experiences before or have heard horror stories from friends there are ways around this. At Build Team we try and minimise the effect building your side-return will have...

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