GARAGE CONVERSION AUDIT
STRUCTURAL LOFT CONVERSION AUDIT
PRE-PURCHASE FEASABILITY CONSULTATION
STEEL WORK CONNECTIONS
INTERIOR MINOR ALTERATIONS
CDM & ASSOCIATED REPORTS
HEALTH & SAFETY REPORTS
3D MODELLING (from)
SOIL INVESTIGATION REPORTS
AIR PRESSURE TESTING
BUILDING CONTROL APPLICATIONS
AIR TIGHTNESS TESTING
SOUND INSULATION TESTING
PART F VENTILATION TESTING
RENEWABLE ENERGY ADVICE & INSTALL
THERMOGRAPHIC SURVEYS & TESTING
CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES
PART G WATER CALCS
DOMESTIC EPC’S FOR LANDLORDS & HOMEOWNERS
If you're looking to make significant changes to your home, like adding an extension or converting your loft, you probably know that getting the green light from local authorities is a must. This permission ensures that your project is in line with the area's development rules and building standards.
However, getting this permission has become a bit of a waiting game recently. It might seem like just some bureaucratic hiccup, but there's more to the story.
First off, many Councils around the country are dealing with a backlog. The number of planning applications has shot up, thanks in part to the lockdown making us all think about sprucing up our homes. So, local authorities are swamped with more applications than they're used to.
On top of that, Councils are dealing with limited resources. They're understaffed, and with so many applications to handle, things are getting slow. All the paperwork, from the start of the application to the final decision, is piling up, causing delays.
Adding to the mix are money matters. The cost of building materials is going up, making things trickier. Even if you do get permission, you might choose to hold off on starting your project because it's gotten more expensive. This gap between getting permission and starting work can make things drag out even further.
Now, for homeowners, these delays are a real hassle. Waiting for permission means your plans are on hold. This could mean shelling out more money, especially if the cost of materials or labor goes up while you're waiting. Plus, you might miss out on chances to make the most of your property.
So, what can you do? When you're applying for planning permission, it's good to know about these hold-ups. Understanding the possible delays can help you plan your project better and set more realistic timelines. Applying well ahead of when you want to start and giving extra time for potential delays is a smart move.
In the end, while these delays are annoying, knowing why they're happening can help you deal with them better.
Drawing from our comprehensive understanding of various planning processes, the team at STAAC is well-versed in planning procedures. Our experience has underscored the critical importance of clear communication, steadfast reliability, and exact precision in our planning process. All of these align with our goal: to create a seamless and efficient planning process for our clients.