This list of Architectural Planning Resources, has been issued by both national and local council authorities within the United Kingdom,we have collated the material and are distributing it as useful reference material for homeowners who are interested in the views of their local council on property extensions and general residential development. When working with our team, we would act as agent and deal with your local authority throughout the process.

PARTY WALL ACT 1996

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LOCAL AUTHORITY RESIDENTIAL PLANNING PERMISSION & BUILDING CONTROL GUIDES

 

Bedfordshire

Mid Bedfordshire District Council BC 1.02MB

Berkshire

Bracknell Forest BC 96KB
Reading Borough Council 2.72MB
West Berkshire Borough Council 9.18MB
Windsor Borough Council 2.96MB
Wokingham BC 619KB

Bristol

Bristol City Council 1.11MB

Buckinghamshire

Milton Keynes Council 9KB
South Bucks District Council 2.67MB
Wycombe BC 148KB

Devon
      Exeter City Council 3.65MB

North Devon District Council 1.87MB
Plymouth City Council 10.0MB
South Hams District Council 3.0MB
West Devon Borough Council 8.54KB

Essex

Harlow District Council 881KB

Gloucestershire

Cheltenham Borough Council 659KB

      Forest of Dean District Council 9.97MB

Gloucester City Council 403KB
South Gloucestershire Council 5.34MB

Greater London

Barnet LBC 696KB
Bexley Council 27KB
Brent BC 162KB
Bromley BC 43.5KB
Camden Council 472KB
Croydon LBC 402KB
Ealing BC 313KB
Enfield BC 4.50MB
Hackney LBC 3MB
Hammersmith and Fulham LBC 112KB
Haringey BC 163KB
Harrow BC 301KB
Hillingdon LBC 9.17MB
Hounslow BC 1.93MB
Islington Council 362KB
Kingston BC 731KB
Lambeth BC 731KB
Lewisham LBC 889KB
Merton BC 650KB
Newham LBC 439KB
Reigate and Banstead BC 787KB
Richmond BC 386KB
Southwark LBC 589KB
Sutton BC 1.42MB
Tower Hamlets LBC 810KB
Waltham Forest Council 2.20MB
Wandsworth BC 1.94MB

Hampshire

The above design guides should be read with a pinch of salt, the architectural freedom which we design with is rarely as constrained as the council design guides would have you think. However, they are a good indication of various ‘sticking points’ some local authorities have, and their various concerns can be noted. Many of these restrictions are often challenged during planning (standard procedure) and if something truly out of the ordinary is presented, ‘Conditions’ will often be presented along with the planning approval letter – requesting that materials are signed off with the respective council in example.

These architectural planning resources and downloads are useful but a. they form only a tiny percentage of the total resources which will come to the forefront during the process and b. should be noted in conjunction with the following paragraph.

All in all, there are many useful tools and resources available to the public – but the experience an architectural practice will bring is incomparable to a lay person, not mentioning the knowledge, training and skill which will be brought to the table. An experienced team will be in a position where they can challenge pre-conceptions and navigate the ‘tick box’ exercises with ease, meaning time is saved and spent where it really matters – creating your dream home.

If you approach with optimism, rationality, creativity and a great design – the experience will be very enjoyable.

Joshua Harrison

Joshua Harrison

Managing Director

Josh can be found on the Diocese of Oxford Recommended Church Architects list.