So as most people who are thinking about undertaking a loft conversion or in fact any type of construction on their home should know all about planning and what their council specifies must be done. This can vary between councils so make sure you know the regulations.
Sometimes it may be confusing with so many parties involved in the Build control of your project. With Clients getting muddled whether it is their architects, contractors or themselves who should put in the planning notices, sometimes this may get lost in translation. In researching this blog, I came across an article which shows the one of the unfortunate outcomes if the planning does not get completed properly.
An architect in Handbridge, Chester had designed a Loft conversion with a dormer extension for a family home. There was also a single story extension in the project. Unfortunately, their dream home has caused issues as no one had sought the correct planning consent before the project begun. Due to this, the surrounding neighbors have been extremely unhappy with the design and have lodged complaints. The unfortunate owners of the property in question have now been the subject to comments from the neighbors which the architect describes as ‘Nasty’. Although this seems to be a simple miscommunication between the architect and the home owners it has tainted the dream of the perfect home. Although retrospective planning is now being sought, the home owners will still have to decide if they can overcome the angry neighbors and make a good life in the community.