Frequently Asked Questions
Planning Application FAQs
In the UK, the aesthetics of building works are controlled by local planning authorities. Not all countries have these controls, and the result here is that the character and features of an area are protected and retained.
Retrospective Planning Permission FAQs
Some people build first then apply later; others are unaware that they needed planning permission until the officer knocks at their door. We can help you apply for retrospective permissions where needed.
About Permitted Development FAQs
Because of the shortage of housing stock, planning departments have relaxed their rules regarding simple developments. We can tell you if your build will be a permitted development or needs full permission.
Use Classes FAQs
The various use classes for buildings, and changing to another proposed use class.
The Planning Application Process, and a Case Study
There are various routes and options which your planning application could take. In brief, an application is submitted; then validated, declared invalid (missing documents) or an inappropriate application type; then approved, approved subject to amendments, or refused.
- I’m demolishing my house, do I need Planning permission?
- I’m building an outbuilding or annex or Shed, do I need Planning permission?
- I want to excavate/dig to create a basement level, do I need Planning permission?
- My house is in a conservation Area, What are the differences to a normal planning application?
- My house is a listed building, What are the differences to a normal planning application?
- I want to put in an application for a roof terrace, what are my chances of getting approval?
Our Services FAQs
EA has planning consultants and architects, and have made 1400+ planning applications. We also do Building Regulations, Tender Packs, Contract Administration, and Interior Design. We commission technical services externally e.g. structural engineers or party wall surveyors.
Our Process FAQs
Our architectural designers consult with the site survey technician, then liaise with the client throughout the design process. Once you sign off the drawings, they make the submission on your behalf.
Building Regulations FAQs
Every council has a Building Control department whose role is to make sure all building works are safe and that the materials used are appropriate for the purpose.
Interior Design FAQs
A professional interior design not only improves the flow of movement and your enjoyment of the living space but also adds value to your property.
Change of use FAQs
Some changes of use fall under permitted development and others need a full planning application. We can advise you regarding the feasibility of a proposed change of use, subject to your local trends and planning policies.
- a) Use Class A1