Obtaining Planning Permission for residential development in either extending your property or redeveloping the site for new dwellings needs careful presentation & a risk assessment prior to submitting for Planning Consent. A badly presented scheme to the Planning Department by the Novice home owner can lead to an Automatic Rejection & a Planning Refusal that could be hard to overturn. Our MAXIMUM BUILD Guide will assist you in assessing your sites potential & what areas you can exploit prior to submitting your scheme for Planning Permission.
From: MSM at Planning-Approval.co.uk
Dear Householder or site owner,
FACT 1 - Many DIY plans submitted by homeowners or other types of 'kitchen work-top ruler & pencil designers', into the Building Regulations are rejected due to 'insufficient information' being supplied.
FACT 2 - If you do not obtain an approval under the Full Plans method or Building Notice Method of Building Regulations Approval then you are at serious risk of not being able to sell on your home in the future. WHY? Because no one can establish that your building works has ben completed to an accepted minimum standard a minimum. You home or building is now a potential liability & danger to Health & Safety. Most applications submitted for Building Regulations approval are submitted by qualified & experienced Building designers such as Architects, Technicians, Surveyors etc. who know their stuff.
Most people who employ a Building Design Agent usually shell out around 2 to 10% of a projects value just to have the services of an Agent to help them design & prepare a scheme for building Regulations. This is often a normal 'follow-on' process once they have obtained Planning Approval for you. That can equate to Many hundreds or several thousand of pounds for even a medium sized job in the South East. For a complicated design of schemes this fee is normally well justified.
However, many schemes are pretty much 'run of the mill' that do not justify employing an experienced Planning Agent to prepare & negotiate a scheme on their behalf. Therefore, the enthusiastic DIY householder' who has a rudimentary skill of preparing scaled drawings is often tempted to compile there own designs which all too often fail for the simplest of reasons.
Every Local Building Control Authority has has a set of 'Approved Documents' which most building elements of your construction are compared against under 'deemed to satisfy' criteria. Our Specification clauses are specifically aimed at satisfying these Approved Documents.
However, Most Local Authorities have a degree of flexibility & will accept alternative solutions provided they generally comply with the aims & requirements of the Building Control Legislation. They are even able to accept dispensations if they are correctly presented & backed up with alternative or compensatory measures or works etc.
This is where the ordinary householder often fails to appreciate the importance & relevance of such matters that is so obvious to the trained eye of the professional Building Design Agent.
Although we would always recommend employing the services of a Building Design Agent, many people still want to save money & tackle the scheme themselves. For whatever reason, you still need to be advised.
After nearly 25 years in the business of providing these specialised Professional Services for my own clients & continually coming across upset & disenchanted householders who had already tried the Building Control system for themselves & failed, I decided that a bit of affordable 'self help' was in order for those people who insist on doing it themselves no matter what. Customer feed back from our purchasers of our Planning Guide also requested the need for a technical document that would assist them in obtaining Building Regulations Approval.
What if there was now a 'Master' Specification Manual
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I knew that if people were employing my services in order to get results, many other less experienced folk were not enjoying this level of success on their own development schemes (mainly because they refused to pay for it). You could argue 'natural justice' but I personally find it offensive when a profession that is fundamentally entwined within any society becomes so elite that it is deliberately made into a science that the ordinary Lay Person is unable to understand or afford. This has already happened in the fields of Law & health. Lawyers & Physicians have now become 'pre-madonnas' who allow themselves to be accessed to only those that can afford their fees - this is such a shame.
I knew this sort of Building Control advice did not exist specifically targeted at the domestic householder market.
After thousands of hours handling my own clients projects & a few hundred hours more sat at the computer compiling this specification ebook & web site, we have now created a Master Specification Manual for most residential developments.
First, let me tell what the Specification Manual (SM) is NOT!
Here Is How Easy it is to use our Specification
All the above headings are explained in general detail suitable for editing by yourself, printing off & attaching to your own drawings & Building Regulations application.
You don't quite frankly if you trust them. However, wouldn't it be nice to speak on the same wavelength, to understand some of the jargon & the issues that he/she will be dealing with - keep them on their toes - an informed client always gets better service from a professional Agent. 'Clued up' clients are also very good to work with - you seem to have a healthier respect for them for fear of making a mistake that they will spot!
"I have a builder already lined up who says he can do my work on a Building Notice & that we don't need all these plans & specifications. Why would I need your Specification Manual?"
Such a common mistake! The majority of Building Disputes all seem to have this element & mind set as a common theme. Firstly, the Building Notice arrangement with the Local Authority is only really suitable for very minor works such as installing a new window or door way within an existing wall. Secondly, unless you have a sound framework of agreeing beforehand exactly what the building is providing in work & materials, how do you know that his expectations match your own. You are seriously leaving yourself open to being exploited or having to accept inferior quality work. Even if the builder is a long term friend, if you want to retain his friendship, then get a specification.
I have seen so many people make the same assumptions. Firstly your neighbours will only tell you what you want to hear often - us Brits hate face to face confrontation. Many neighbours gave hidden agendas why they don't want the works to go on but they wont tell you this. Many neighbours are envious of your improvement plans. What this all often leads to is a complaint letter(s) right out of the blue direct to the Case Planning Officer. They think it's confidential & you wont get to hear of it. Again knowing the tactics can often pre-arm yourself or defuse this situation. Your actual Building may well be simple in nature & small scale BUT in most cases it will have an impact upon the street scene & neighbours. Is it well designed & in keeping?
"£50 sounds like a lot of money to invest in my extension or redevelopment project, why would I need your Specification Manual?"
You are about to invest several thousands if not hundreds of thousands of pounds in your biggest & most valuable asset. How does that £50 slot into your overall budget? I bet that's now broken the bank & you will have to abort your project? If you are even close to having a mind set like this then hit the close button & leave this site now - we are both wasting each others time. Go carry on your fruitless search for your free cheapskate totally irrelevant advice from the masses of other various sites out their (mainly American). Most people that are worried about risking small sums of this nature before they have even started on site are normally dreamers who haven't got the budget or finances to carry their project through to completion in any case & these DIY''ers deserve to fail or obtain inferior work from their builder. There, that's sorted out the men from the boys (to coin of phrase).
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It has taken me a lifetime of work to compile this 'master specification manual' and thousands of pounds to create this top notch document. If it cost £100 it would be worth it to get your hands on a tool which could save you hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds in extras or abortive costs.
Think about this, if you just used it once even as a basic reference guide & you managed to obtain a Building Regulations approval rather than a refusal would it be worth it?
The good news is that it is NOT £100, NOT £80, or even NOT £60.
But I'm not going to charge anywhere close to that because I want every one who is serious about developing their properties to be able to afford my guide. That's why the Specification Manual is only £50.00. This represents just one hours fee for most property professionals of which you are obtaining a lifetime of experience for most aspects or residential development.
Order by Midnight tonight & I will give you 5 FREE email surgery sessions over the next 6 months for any specific development queries or problems that you may have.
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Click here to purchase your copy of our Specification Manual. Once I have been informed by PayPal that your credit card payment has been approved, I will send you our ebook by return as an email attachment.
There you have it, everything I have to say about my 'Specification Manual' . Ok, I know I am biased, but in my honest opinion, I really do believe this Specification Manual is going to change many people's perception of just what is required to obtain a good Building Regulations Approval .
All I ask is that you seriously take a look at what this Specification Manual can do for you. If you think it can help you in your building project, then get it. If not, then I wish you the best of success .
Best of Success,