Our Permitted Development Guide

Find out what you can do to your home without the need to apply for planning permission

Whether you’re simply looking to improve your existing house or carry out major works to one you’re intending to buy, it pays to understand the scope of the available Permitted Development rights.

They are granted in the form of General Development Planning Orders (GDPOs) which apply separately to England, WalesScotland and Northern Ireland, and, in effect, they give implied planning consent to carry out certain classes of development.

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How to Build a Budget Extension

If you want to add more space to your home without breaking the bank, there are plenty of ways to stay in control of your extension project’s spend. Here’s how to build an extension for less.

Having a fixed and limited budget needn’t discourage you from adding an extension to your home. There are plenty of ways you can create a good-looking and functional new space by planning and designing it with cost know-how in mind. 

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Barn Conversions and Permitted Development Guide

Changes to Permitted Development (PD) Rights introduced in early April 2014 have transformed the landscape for anyone wishing to undertake a barn conversion in England (not applicable to the rest of the United Kingdom as it currently stands).

Further amendments took effect on 6 April 2018, including the allowance of up to five new homes to be created from existing agricultural buildings rather than the previous maximum of three.

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Building Regulations: The Complete Guide

All building projects need Building Regulations approval (whether they need planning approval or not).

Planning permission is largely subjective and governs whether you can build at all and, if so, what your new home will look like.

Building Regulations (Building Warrant in Scotland) are, on the other hand, largely objective and confine themselves to the structural aspects of the build, by reference to the regulations themselves.

An application for Building Regulations either conforms to those regulations and is approved, or fails to conform and is rejected. However, there is room for pragmatism and inspectors do have the power to negotiate a relaxation in certain circumstances.

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A Guide to Conservation Areas

If you’re looking to build a new house, or improve an existing one, in a Conservation Area, you’re probably aware of a vague complication somewhere down the planning permission line. Plan ahead, and not only can the Conservation Area route be navigated calmly, it can actually be a positive enhancement, not least to the design of house you end up with.

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Matching Materials for an Extension

Nothing ruins a house more than a badly matched extension, but with a little research, your new space can look as though it has been there forever. There are several cardinal sins when it comes to extension design, but within this article the focus is on how to source, alter and use materials in order to get your extension to blend seamlessly with what is already there.

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RIBAPix: Tributes to the Fallen: First World War Memorials

To mark 100 years since the end of World War One, RIBApix presents a collection of images showing both built and unexecuted First World War Memorials from around the world.

The devastating and unimaginable number of casualties as well as the destruction of large areas of Europe, led to The Great War of 1914-1918 being known at the time as “the war to end all wars”.

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Our top 10 best Christmas gifts for home lovers!

Whilst we know it’s still a little early to be mentioning Christmas 2018, but it is never to early to start Christmas shopping! If you’re looking for Christmas gift inspiration for the home lover in your life?

We understand that choosing a present for an interiors obsessive (especially those who seem to have everything) can be a challenge, which is why here at Architecture North we've stepped in to share our pick of the best gifts for home lovers.

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Happy World Architecture Day

World Architecture Day is celebrated on the first Monday of every October, it was set up by the Union International des Architects, back in 2005 to show the appreciation for the works architects do, and to celebrate great global architectural works!

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Rainbows and Glitter: Happy Pride 2018

Architecture North Ltd has proudly promoted their Pride Logo throughout June to September, we believe loves comes from diversity and grows with individuality. As a young architectural practice, we want our brand to bring confidence and the joy of expressing yourself, your way, how you want and independently of who you are.

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Architecture North Receive Full Planning Permission on 4 Applications

Great start to the week!

Yesterday we received full planning permission including a Dormer Loft Conversion, A Household Extension including a double garage and glazed corridor link, a proposed Annexe, and a Barn Conversion to become a home!


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NDSA / Nottingham + Derby Society of Architects - Late Summer BBQ

Cleverly colour coordinated in conjunction with the Yellow Weather warnings the Met Office had announced later that day. Nottingham + Derby Society of Architects hosted their late summer BBQ! This was a great opportunity for both existing and new members to socialise over seasonal drinks and enjoy some top quality BBQ grub.

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