Measured Survey to Planning
We've created this article to give you a glimpse into how we work, from the first meeting to submitting your project for planning consideration.
1. Measured Survey
Once you have appointed us as your architect, we will undertake a measured survey of your property. Depending on the size of the property this can take upwards of one day on site and in some circumstances, such as with listed buildings may require an external consultant to undertake the survey. Back in the office, we model up the existing property which creates the floor plans, sections and elevations for us to start designing from. A measured survey is also a requirement of Planning and Building Control to see 'before' and 'after' plans of the proposals.
2. Concept Design Sketches
We use the measured survey model and plans to sketch over different ideas and options to meet your brief. We often provide more than one option so that we can demonstrate that we have considered all possibilities for the proposals. At this stage we will have a meeting to discuss whether the proposals meet your requirements and if they do, we will likely attend a pre-application meeting with the Planning Authority.
3. Planning Application
Dependant upon the feedback received at the pre-application meeting, we will either amend the proposals or develop them into formal planning drawings ready for submission into Planning. We also prepare all associated documentation such as application forms, justification documents, sustainability statements, waste management reports and planning statements. Planning applications do require a fee and this is dependant upon the size and nature of the project. We let our clients know as soon as possible what this fee is likely to be so that you can budget accordingly.
Planning applications can take between 8-12 weeks to receive a decision. Once the application is registered we will receive a site notice that needs to be displayed at the property for 21 days. This allows the public to make a representation on the proposals if they have any objections.