Simpson Chartered Surveyors can advise Clients on the development potential of their property, or a property which they intend to purchase, and can make planning applications on their behalf.
We undertake initial consultations with the local planning authority to seek to ensure, as far as possible, that a Planning Application submitted on behalf of our Clients has a reasonable prospect of receiving approval. However, success of any application, however well-prepared, cannot be guaranteed. If an Application is refused Planning Permission, we are able to advise our Clients on their rights under the appeals procedure and if appropriate, prepare and submit an appeal to the Secretary of State.
Town Planning requirements may be particularly onerous where buildings are of historic interest or located within a Conservation Area. We can advise Clients and where necessary, prepare applications for Conservation Area Consent and Listed Building Consent
Building Regulations apply to both residential and commercial property. They control certain aspects of the way buildings are constructed. It is usually necessary to seek Building Regulations approval, as well as Planning Permission, as part of an overall scheme for alteration, extension or newbuild.
The Local Authority has a duty to ensure that the Building Regulations are observed in order to ensure good standards of construction and health and safety, energy conservation, provision for the disabled etc.
Contravention of the Regulations can result in penalties and significant costs so it is important to ensure that works are properly specified and supervised. Simpson Chartered Surveyors can offer advice on the Building Regulations, liaise with the Local Authority on the Client's behalf and apply for Building Regulations approval. We can prepare drawings, plans, details, specifications and structural calculations that may be required for a Full Plans Submission or alternatively, deal with the matter under a Building Notice appropriate for smaller or more simple projects