Q. Planning and building regulations: What is the difference?
A. Gaining planning permission is the 'creative stage' of the project. We come up with a design that meets your needs and falls within the local planning policies and relevant guidelines of your area. Planning drawings are basically a series of 'pretty' pictures which show the proposed building or site in its current form and how it will look after the works have been completed. Planning permission typically takes around 8 weeks once submitted to the Local Authority.
Building regulations are the minimum technical standards of construction set by the Government. The drawings must cover many aspects of health and safety within buildings as well as many other aspects such as energy consumption and accessibility. The building regulation criteria is set to ensure that the buildings in England and Wales are built to the comply with the correct standards.