Loft Conversions in the UK - The Planning Process
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Once you have entered into an agreement for a loft conversion your information will be forwarded to one of our architects who will arrange an appointment to carry out a structural survey of your property. The information gathered from the survey will be used by him and our structural engineer to prepare the plans and calculations. These are then used to obtain planning approval for your conversion project.
We have over 35 years experience in loft conversion regulations and have built up excellent relationships with the planning authorities, Charles Grosvenor Ltd do not cut corners, but provide a complete, quality service taking the strain out of obtaining planning approval by liaising closely with the planning authorities.
Full planning approval is not always required for all loft conversions, as you are allowed to extend your property by a certain volume under permitted development. If your conversion falls into this category, we always apply for a certificate of lawful development. A certificate of lawful development usually requires approximately six weeks to obtain with full planning permission taking slightly longer.
All loft conversions in the UK require building regulations approval and, on average, building regulations approval is obtained within four weeks.
During the time the plans are with the relevant planning authority departments awaiting approval, you will be updated by email every two weeks as to their position. You will also be given their reference number, should you wish to track their progress directly by telephone or on the local authority website.
Upon receipt of the written approvals from the planning department and building control, you will be contacted to arrange a convenient start date. It is company policy that no start date will be given until the relevant approvals are received.