Getting Planning Permission For Oak Frame Houses
Our designers have a wealth of skills that are put to good use when getting planning permission for oak frame houses, and they are all part of our complete turnkey solution.
This process begins with the concept sketches which are developed further with you. There will be lots of decisions to make but we’ll guide you all the way. Planners are concerned with the size, height and overall volume of the building. They’ll also look at the location on the site, impact on neighbours and how the oak frame house looks from the outside.
There’s a limit to what planners have control over, for example they have no control on how the inside of the oak frame house looks – so at this stage there are lots of decisions which can be left until later. Normally it will take a few iterations of the design before we and you are happy for us to submit the planning application for your new oak frame house.
For difficult to obtain planning permission for oak frame houses, in which we have considerable experience, we may draw on the expertise of our planning consultant, and often go through a pre-application planning process. The ‘pre-app’ allows us to gain initial feedback from the planners on the design and can avoid costly delays in time.
We are currently working with clients of ours on a fairly complex planning application to build a smaller oak frame house on their garden plot. They would then like to sell their old house, and move into the smaller new one as they are looking to downsize. Their plot is within an Area of Special Residential Character (ASRC), which is “a space forming a well-established residential area which has readily identifiable and distinctive characteristics and a high standard of residential amenity.”
One of the development criteria for the ASRC is residential density, and so we have undertaken a density survey to ensure that the plan we put forward comes within the density of other plots within the ASRC.
Another example of difficult to obtain planning permission is a Paragraph 55 application. This is the most difficult level of planning to obtain, and the imperative requirements are as follows: it must be truly outstanding or innovative, helping to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas; it must reflect the highest standards in architecture; it must significantly enhance its’ immediate setting; and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area. We are currently working with clients on a design for a family forever home under the Paragraph 55 criteria.
As with all aspects of our complete turnkey solution for oak frame houses, we’ll deal with everything; design and access statements, topographical surveys, arboriculturists, and even bat and newt surveys where necessary.
Once submitted, we’ll actively monitor its’ progress and by doing so can sometimes address concerns from planners and keep things on track for a decision within the statutory period.
For most people getting planning permission for oak frame houses is a point for celebration in the design and build process. It’s perhaps the first time they allow themselves to believe they really will be building their very own, bespoke oak frame house.
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The design of the new dwelling is commended as an example of development which respects its rural setting and will enhance the character of the AONB.
CLWYDIAN RANGE AND DEE VALLEY AONB JOINT COMMITTEE
I just want to say a huge thank you for today. You were really professional and it was a pleasure to watch. We have taken it as a positive result, albeit a delay, but I guess that’s a function of this business as well as mine! You are a real asset and we are so happy with everything you do for us, worth every penny.
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