Hello, my name is Debbie F I am the director of EfZin Architects and the Chair Lady of RIBA South
London Branch. I am here today to explain you the basic of the planning process.
Firstly, it will be good to know that you can make certain types of minor changes to your house
without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called “permitted development
rights” Bear in mind that the permitted development rights which apply to many projects for
houses do not apply to flats or maisonettes.
In some areas of the country, known generally as ‘designated areas’, permitted development rights
are more restricted. For example Conservation Areas, National Parks or Areas of Outstanding
Natural Beauty .
Now, Considering that you need to apply for planning permission, the 1st thing to do is to engage
an architect. Chartered architects are always a better solution than architectural technician due to
the length of knowledge that they have and the accreditation from the RIBA.
Your local planning authority is responsible for deciding whether a proposed development should
be allowed to go ahead. This is called planning permission.
The first service, after signing the agreement between you and your architect is the detailed
measured survey. A second meeting will be necessary to set out in more detail your requirements
and information about the project. All the collected information will be considered as ‘the Brief’ and
will be the base to develop the design strategy.
Existing and proposed cad drawings will be produced (usually plans and elevations). The proposed
cad drawings will include Several Concept design solution for you to choose during the design
review. The new changes will be incorporated in the design and When the design will be finalized
and you will be happy with it, your architect will prepare the design and access statement,
heritage statement (if needed) complete the planning forms and submit online the planning
We all know that you have busy lives. We all know that your house/ flat is very important to you.
For this reason your architect is here to help you make the best of your space and achieve
planning permission. Your architect will change the design several times until the design will
arrive at your ideal solution. Your architect will guide you through the process and talk to the
planning officers. Finally he /she can work alongside you from inception to completion.