Ashby Building Consultants Ltd have almost 40 years of experience in the preparation of new build and housing schemes. Whether 3-storey, flats, bungalows or traditional 2-storey dwellings, we have the design expertise.
Many clients prefer to extend their existing property rather than move home. This provides several benefits as well as increasing the property’s value, as there is no solicitor, estate agent, stamp duty or moving fees, involving less hassle and stress.
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Ashby Building Consultants Ltd have undertaken many projects on listed buildings and dwellings within conservation areas or historical architectural sites.
We will deal directly on your behalf with all aspects of design, planning and construction to ensure your project runs smoothly.
Our aim is to provide a professional and efficient service to owners and occupiers of listed buildings in adapting and extending their homes aesthetically with the existing structure and its surroundings. Thereby enabling home owners to improve their style of living whilst ensuring that the building retains all its original character.
This is all achieved by working in conjunction with Local Planning Departments, English Heritage, Department for Culture and Sport, Building Control, Structural Engineers, Conservationists, and Planning Consultants and, of course, you! We never lose sight of this being your home.
Do You Need Planning Permission?
You do not always need planning permission. It is not generally required for changes to the inside of buildings, or for small alterations to the outside.
Small changes such as erecting walls and fences below a certain height have a general planning permission for which a specific application is not required.
If you are unsure whether planning permission is required to cover your planned works, you may wish to contact us or discuss your proposals with the planning department of your council.
We would make regular site visits to check the quality and quantity of work and to ensure deadlines are met, dealing with any issues swiftly and professionally. Variation Certificates would be issued for changes in contract and a Practical Completion Certificate issued when all snagging works are complete.
We ensure that you get the best possible building experience with minimal disruption and a high-quality finish.
What are the Building Regulations?
Building Regulations apply to building work in England & Wales for the design and construction of buildings to maintain health and safety and ensure compliance with building standards. Building Regulations approval is separate from any planning permission required.
Ashby Building Consultants Ltd can advise you of your responsibilities and duties and help you through the maze of regulations and requirements.
Extensions To Your Home
Most extensions and alterations require approval under the Building Regulations.
Some new builds or extensions do not need Building Regulations approval. Typical examples are:
- Temporary buildings
- Small Detached Buildings
- Conservatories with less than 30m2 floor area
- Car ports
Planning Approval may be required for the proposed work even if Building Regulations do not apply.
Local Authority Fees
Most Building Regulations applications attract a fee payable to the Local Authority. For a Full Plans application, this comprises of 2 parts:
- The plan inspection fee: payable on submission of plans.
- The site inspection fee: payable after first site visit and normally invoiced direct to client by local authority.
Should a Building Notice application be made, this attracts only one fee payable in advance to the local authority.
Applications for Disabled Facilities do not require a fee.