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The first step in pursuing any building project is to talk to an architect or planning consultant for advice on design, budget, materials, processes etc. Whether your project is a small single storey extension, barn conversion or a bespoke new build home, gaining some initial advice and insight from an experienced professional is a wise first move – especially if it is a free consultation!

At New Space Architecture we offer exactly that – a free initial meeting to discuss all of the above and to help you understand any necessary applications or consents that might be involved. As part of this, we will come and meet you at your property or building plot to not only ensure that we fully understand the site and its context, but more importantly to make sure that we truly understand your own wants and needs for the proposed design.

From advice on permitted development to guidance on planning permission and building regulations applications, we will ensure you have all the relevant information you need to be able to feel confident in moving forward with your project and taking that first step towards realising your dream… and all of this with no obligation to proceed – who could ask for more?

If you would like to arrange a consultation with one of our design team then please do get in touch… we would love to hear from you.

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In some cases a detailed planning application may not even be required as your project may be lawful under ‘permitted development’ regulations or a prior approval, such as a Class Q barn conversion. In these cases a comprehensive knowledge of the various application categories is essential in presenting your project in the correct way and can be the difference in gaining consent or not.

Ultimately we are here for you. Our experience in planning consultancy and the planning system is a precious resource to be used and mined to ensure the best chance of achieving a positive outcome and it is our pleasure to work with you and guide you through this process. rn

If you want to find out how we as an Exeter based planning consultancy can help you, contact our team today. Or for more information on permitted development and other guidance please visit our FAQs page. If you are looking for more detail on the architectural process itself, check out our timeline.


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What are ‘building regulations’?

Most people looking to undertake a building project understand that they may require planning approval first. What people often don’t realise however that that even if planning permission has been granted (or is not required), they are still likely to need building regulations approval. Whereas planning permission deals with the building’s appearance and its use, the building regulations govern the standard to which the building is then constructed. Failure to meet these standards may lead to difficulties when the owner comes to sell the property and in some cases can also lead to prosecution.

What type of approval do I need?

There are 2 types of building regulations applications that can be made; A ‘Full Plans Application’, or a ‘Building Notice’

What timescales are involved?

Both Full Plans applications and Building Notices are valid for three years from the date they were given to the local authority, and will automatically lapse if the building work is not started in that timeframe. Importantly, you don’t have to wait for approval before commencing work – provided that 48 hours’ written notice is given of your intention to start work, following a successful full plans application or issue of a building notice.

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