At RBD Architecture & Interiors we have previously worked with the following Local Authorities to achieve and successfully obtain Planning Consent for all types of Mews House extensions and alterations. Please click below on the local authority for some sample consents we have obtained (this is not an exhaustive list):
Our Mews house architectural design team is led by co-founder, Director and Architect , Andy Willis, His team manage each step of the design and consents process involved in getting a project live on site this frees our clients from the time
and responsibility for individually appointing an architect, structural engineer, interior designer, mechanical and electrical engineer etc.
At, RBD, all these aspects are handled under one roof to maximise efficiency and cost savings.
If you are thinking of buying a Mews House or considering renovating or extending your Mews House we can help you access its condition and potential, research its planning history and advise on any limitations. We prepare and submit applications for freehold or estate management consents to various estates such as Grosvenor & Cadogan. Once planning consent is obtained you immediately Add Value by expanding the sq. footage of your property.
Most building works require permissions from various authorities to be granted before they can go ahead. Depending on the extent of the work, the location and type of the property, it may be one or more of the following: Permitted Development, Planning permission, Freeholder’s consent, Conservation Area consent, Listed Building consent, Party Wall awards, Building Regulations approval etc.
At the beginning of the project, we would always advise the Client what consents and approvals may be required. In complex cases, we would recommend applying for a pre-planning advice before submitting a full planning application.
At appropriate stages, we would prepare and submit applications on the Client’s behalf to the statutory authorities. We would monitor their progress, provide additional information and, if required, negotiate with the authorities. In complex cases, we may involve reputable planning, heritage and other specialist consultants.
LISTED BUILDING CONSENT
Buildings of particular architectural interest are often officially “listed” and thereby protected. Many residential buildings in London are listed Grade 2 which means that any alterations (not just those to the outside or original parts) have to be approved under a Listed Building Consent. The rules are even stricter for the buildings of particular significance listed Grade 2* and Grade 1.
Making a Listed Building Consent application is similar to making a planning application; some additional information will be required.
CONSERVATION AREA CONSENT
Living in a conservation area usually means that changes to the external appearance of your building will be a particularly sensitive issue.
You may need to complete an application for a Conservation Area Consent alongside a Planning Application (sometimes even when the latter is not required). In some cases, large trees and rear façades not visible from the street are still considered part of the character of the conservation area.
The Freeholder’s consent may be required for works to leasehold properties. It is a legal document usually called “Licence for works” or “Licence to alter”.
Obtaining it is a separate process, which may be quite lengthy depending on the procedures of a particular management company and the conditions of your lease. We can help with the requirements for your Mews House or estate management company and advise you on the best course of action.
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