Advice Hub: Planning permission

Planning permission is a thorny issue and one that causes a lot of confusion for property owners, particularly for residential clients. Does a covenant affect planning permission? Can you have a conservatory without planning permission? What is permitted development? Can I have a dorma on my loft conversion? How big can I build out the back of my house? Can I build another storey on my bungalow? Do I need planning permission for my basement conversion? We have a series of articles in our advice hub that cover these queries and more.

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Surveying Homes in Dungeness

As local Chartered Surveyors we’ve done a number of building surveys and reports in Dungeness where most of the homes and properties are quite strange or unique as is the environment. Set in a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Bird Reserve it is no surprise that Dungeness is used as the location for Doctor Who and other out of this world programmes.

It is a special place and so are the properties, nothing ordinary there with buildings of … Read more...

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A guide to conservation areas

We did a building survey of a house in conservation area in Greenwich last week which prompted our client to state: “Conservation area? What’s that and so what?” or words to that effect. So, here’s a quick overview of Conservation Areas. As always check with your local planning office and conservation officers for local information – most of them don’t bite!

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What are conservation areas?

Conservation areas are designated locally by local councils, they are usually designated by virtue of … Read more...