Getting Planning Permission For Your Oak Frame House
Andy Parker, Project Consultant at Complete Oak Home, talks through all of the different routes to planning, and explains which route to take when.
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Armed with information about your plot, the size of oak timber frame house you want to build and where you want to build it we’ll then look at the local planning policies and the planning history of the site.
The planning policies of your local planning authority will have been developed within the guidelines of the National Planning Policy Framework. This means that we can quickly look at the local planning policies and identify those that need to be considered when we design your oak timber frame house. There may be some that will need special consideration and will have to be specifically addressed with the planners when the planning application is made.
Among other things, the planning history tells us if previous planning conditions have been applied to the site or whether an existing property on the site has been extended (this may limit any increase in size for your new house). We’ll also look at where the site is located in relation to conservation areas, green belt, areas of outstanding natural beauty and other designated zones that may have a bearing on the design of your oak timber frame home.
Once we’ve all agreed your project is feasible and you’ve decided we’re the right partner to design and build your oak frame home, we’ll develop the designs ready for the planning application.
This begins with the original concept sketches and developing them further with you. There’ll 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 of the site, any impact on neighbours and how it 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 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 timber framed house.
For difficult to obtain planning permission, in which we have considerable experience, we may use planning consultants, and often go through a pre-application planning process. The ‘pre-app’ allows us to gain initial feedback from the relevant planning authority to test out our designs and arguments prior to incurring the cost of the design process, avoiding costly delays in time.
As with all aspects of our turnkey service, 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 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.
Costs & Budget
Once we’re close to being able to submit a planning application our quantity surveyor will review the project to make sure it’s within your budget. We will never submit a planning application until you are comfortable you can afford to build your home.
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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.
D & K SMITH
Having steered our project through challenging planning issues, Andy and his team worked tirelessly to ensure our new home is both what we wanted and within our means.