Finnegan Property Services offers a complete design, architectural and planning service for home owners, investors and developers. We will help you to get the planning and regulatory approvals you need to maximise growth development value and make the best of your assets.
We often act as a one-stop management consultant for larger projects and have a vast network and team of tried and trusted professionals, including:
- Interior Architects and Designers
- Landscape Architects
- Measured Survey Specialists
- Mechanical and Electrical Consultants
- Audio Visual Engineers
- Structural Engineers
- Approved Inspectors
- Heritage Experts
- Planning Consultants
Structural alterations, extensions and some refurbishment projects will require planning permission from your local authority. We can advise you on the approval process and the probability of whether your project is likely to be refused or approved. We submit the planning application on your behalf and deal with any follow-up inquiries.
Under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, homeowners are allowed to make minor changes to their property without the need for planning permission. From 2013 the rules were amended to allow householders to build larger single-storey rear extensions, subject to notifying the local planning authority. Permitted Development rights generally apply to houses and do not include flats and maisonettes. They also don’t cover homes that are listed or are located in a conservation area, national park or area of outstanding natural beauty. Our experts can advise you if your project falls within the permitted development regulations and what, if any, planning approval may be required.
Prior approval means that you will need to seek planning approval for certain works that fall under permitted development rights before work can start. Issues falling under prior approval vary, depending on the type of development and are set out in Schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order. We can advise you if your project requires prior approval and the steps that you should take.
Building Regulations Approval
Building regulations exist to make both new and altered buildings compliant with legislative requirements, safe and accessible. Obtaining a Building Control certificate is a legal requirement that gives you official confirmation that your project complies with the highest standards of workmanship. We recognise that this regulatory process can be daunting, which is why we are here to help you through the bureaucratic maze. By preparing and submitting Building Control applications on your behalf, and liaising with the Building Control Officer we can help you avoid unnecessary delays and additional costs and provide cost-effective solutions to any problems encountered along the way.
The Party Wall Act 1996 places a legal obligation on building owners to serve notice and obtain their neighbour’s consent for work that will affect shared (party) walls or areas of land. This includes loft and basement conversions, extensions and chimney breast removal. Our extensive experience of dealing with party wall matters covers private residential and commercial clients. We act for building owners, adjoining owners or for both parties. By appointing us as Party Wall Surveyor, you can rest assured that your interests will be protected and the proposed works carried out diligently and efficiently.
Health & Safety – Construction Design & Management Regulations
Our knowledge and experience in construction means we can offer you expert advice and act as Principal Designer, in accordance with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations. The role of Principal Designer replaces that of CDM Coordinator, as part of changes to the regulations, introduced on April 6th 2015. These changes aim to simplify the structure of the regulations, making them clearer and easier to understand. By adopting a practical approach and presenting information clearly, we make sure that health and safety matters are properly planned and managed throughout the design and construction process. With us on board you can be sure that your project complies with statutory requirements and that the health and safety information we provide to your contractors is both clear and relevant.
Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas
It is against the law to carry out works on listed buildings without prior consent. You will need listed building consent if you are planning to demolish, alter or extend a listed property. The rules also extend to separate buildings within the grounds of a listed building.
If your property is within a conservation area you will need planning permission if your proposals include demolishing a building with a volume of more than 115 cubic metres or knocking down a gate, fence, wall or railing that is above one metre in height and next to a highway or public open space. Elsewhere the restrictions are for structures over two metres high.
Our experts will be able to advise you if your project falls within the requirements for listed buildings or conservation areas and help you through the relevant approvals process.