INTRODUCTION & BRIEF

Initially, we will arrange a meeting free of charge to introduce ourselves and discuss the requirements and identify the most important aspects of the project. Every person, family, couple or business will have different tastes, ideas and requirements therefore it is important that we understand exactly what you want to achieve from the project. Using our experience, we will provide suggestions and discuss the pros and cons of different ideas until ultimately, we have a brief which we can work towards achieving.

Measured Survey

Following receipt of written instruction, a date will be agreed to carry out a measured digital survey to identify structural elements, existing services and general surroundings. This involves inspecting and measuring the existing floor areas including heights, locating doors, windows and external features. These measurements are then transferred onto the cad software.

Measured Survey

Following receipt of written instruction, a date will be agreed to carry out a measured digital survey to identify structural elements, existing services and general surroundings. This involves inspecting and measuring the existing floor areas including heights, locating doors, windows and external features. These measurements are then transferred onto the cad software.

Layout Proposals, elevations and OS maps

Whether your project requires full planning approval, a lawful development certificate or it falls under permitted development rights plans are often required to satisfy the local authorities. CAD plans are produced outlining the layout and elevation proposals to the client’s requirements and following local authority guidelines. We will make changes to layouts until the client is satisfied and happy to proceed. Ordnance survey maps are purchased to produce block and site plans as required for most applications.

Structural Calculations

We work with trusted sub-contractors who produce structural calculations and drawings as required for the structural elements of a project. Structural calculations are typically produced for foundations, joist work, roof structure and structural openings. These calculations can potentially save you money when it comes to constructing your project and they are required to satisfy building control.

*Provide structural drawings supporting the above calculations and specifying materials

Structural Calculations

We work with trusted sub-contractors who produce structural calculations and drawings as required for the structural elements of a project. Structural calculations are typically produced for foundations, joist work, roof structure and structural openings. These calculations can potentially save you money when it comes to constructing your project and they are required to satisfy building control.

*Provide structural drawings supporting the above calculations and specifying materials

Building Regulations Drawings

Building regulations are a set of standards for design and construction that apply to alterations of existing buildings and most new build projects. These drawings are much more detailed than planning layout and elevation drawings as they explain construction methods and specify materials to use. Building regulation applications are required for most construction projects. These drawings are also very useful for obtaining quotations for the works.

There are two main ways of obtaining building control approval, a full plans application or a building notice. Full plans applications require a completed application form, the correct fee and a detailed set of plans whereas a building notice only requires an application and correct

fee, however building notices are normally used for small DIY type alteration works. CGA will provide detailed drawings to ensure your project runs smoothly and complies with the latest regulations. If there are any amendments to the original design, an ‘As Built’ drawings will need to be submitted to the local authority for approval prior to issuing a completion certificate.

The Local Authority will inspect the trench excavation and foundations, construction up to roof level and finally upon completion.

Any amendments to the original design, an ‘As Built’ drawing will need to be submitted to the local authority for approval prior to issuing a Completion Certificate.

Applications

Planning Applications

Planning Permission, in simple terms, is like asking if you can do a certain piece of building work. It will be granted (possibly subject to certain conditions) or refused. A completed application, existing layout and elevation plans, proposed layout and elevation plans, site location and block maps, completed CIL form and the associated fee make up a planning application which needs to be submitted to the local authorities for approval. The planning officer may request other specialist third party services such as searches or reports which we can obtain quotations for if required.

Planning Applications

Planning Permission, in simple terms, is like asking if you can do a certain piece of building work. It will be granted (possibly subject to certain conditions) or refused. A completed application, existing layout and elevation plans, proposed layout and elevation plans, site location and block maps, completed CIL form and the associated fee make up a planning application which needs to be submitted to the local authorities for approval. The planning officer may request other specialist third party services such as searches or reports which we can obtain quotations for if required.

Lawful Development Certificate

A lawful development certificate can be applied for to prove that the work you plan on carrying out is lawful as a permitted development and does not require planning permission. The application requires existing and proposed plans and maps as required and the application usually takes around 8 weeks for a decision to be made by the local authorities. The certificate is very useful when or if you come to sell your home in future and we do recommend applying for one before carrying out a permitted development.

Prior Approval

Prior approval is another formal submission to your local planning authority and the purpose of it is to seek assent that specified parts of development are acceptable, before work can commence. Under permitted development, an extension can be build over 4m and up to 8m for a detached house or over 3m and up to 6m for all other houses subject to prior approval. A larger home extension application must be submitted to the local authority who will consult adjoining neighbours to advise them of your proposals, any concerns or objections raised, the local authority will be required to determine if the impact of the proposal on the amenity of all adjoining properties is acceptable and make a decision on it.

*Please note planning approval is decided by the local authorities and we cannot guarantee this will be granted.