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Planning Applications

We prepare and submit planning applications for home renovations in Bath and BANES. We include this as part of our home design service.

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House renovation in Bath

Our principal home design service is house renovation or new build in Bath and BANES.  Ours is a total service from initial concepts through to completion and delivery to our clients.  Where our design involves an extension, excavation, or other notifiable work, we prepare and submit plans to BANES planning office.

We also engage other relevant professionals on your behalf such as Party Wall surveyors, structural engineers and specialist architects as required.

Planning Applications in Bath

We prefer to deal only with planning applications where we are closely engaged with the total project. Most of our clients commission us through both design and build stages, so that we remain intimately involved in the detail, and see the project through from start to finish. On the following page you can read more about our total home renovation service.

Planning Applications

design concepts

With your brief, we create initial concepts of your new home supported by 3D images to help you visualise the space, inside and out.  Uniquely, we spend significant time ensuring that the building works in the way you intend.  An architect will design a building for you with a nominal kitchen and furniture.  As home designers we go further.  We design everything from the start.  The actual kitchen, TV location, flooring choice, bathroom suite.  Everything. Without this level of detail, you won’t know if the hob is convenient; or the dining table is appropriate;  or the windows are in the right place.  We’ve seen this happen! Read more about our 3D visuals.

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pre-apps and planning applications

We submit a pre-application based on general schemes and descriptions to reveal any obvious concerns of the planning authority.  The Council has rules to meet;  it is better to understand potential objections early on, than to spend significant sums on detailed drawings which might then be refused. The authority’s comments are often helpful and it is important to have their officers on your side.

It is crucial to keep your neighbours informed.  They may not support the plans and, indeed, might object to them formally;  but accommodating any concerns early in the process will save significantly on time and cost, and maintain goodwill.  Ultimately, the Council may overturn any formal objection, but it is vital to remain on good terms by acting reasonably throughout.

Following further refinements, we produce and submit formal drawings for planning consent along with supporting documents requested by the Council. Such documents include a design and access statement and clarification of drainage proposals.

Once planning approval has been received, we co-ordinate any Party Wall and Building Control submissions as we prepare to write a detailed technical specification for tender purposes and, ultimately, oversee the renovation.

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project management

We mentioned earlier that our clients usually engage us from beginning to end.  This includes overseeing the contractors and trades, and managing supply of kitchens, bathrooms, carpets, curtains, home entertainment systems and everything else.  We re a single point of contact for your entire project.

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Please call 07711 857670, if you’d like us to help with your home designs and planning applications, or find us on our contact page.

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