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    Architect in Scotland, have worked with self builders and looking to find a site to practice what I preach!
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  1. absolutely claim it back (after the decision notice has been issued) the only way planning authorities will ever improve is when they know how bad their performance is - they have a deadline set in statute and regularly don't achieve the deadline (or bother to tell you that they wont), it's either up to them to change the law on processing applications or properly resource their departments to be comply with the law. I would also advise anyone appealing a planning refusal to claim expenses as part of their appeal... Whilst I have sympathy for planning officers who are overworked, the solution isn't to let local authorities away with not fulfilling their obligations - it really punishes businesses when projects are put on hold for an indeterminable amount of time just because they don't have enough bodies in the office. Try cashflowing fee income for a job when a planning application timescale is a finger in the air punt!
  2. I had one in a previous property where it was a huge advantage because the place had no insulation and everything was electric storage heaters, so a blast of the fire in the morning gave us a tank of warm water and put a bit of heat into the stone walls! A lot of stoves are able to have a sleeve inserted instead of the fire bricks so you shouldn't worry about the regs side of things...
  3. I've got planning for a few self contained annexes and they will usually condition them so that they can't be rented out long term - off the top of my head, the last one i did said something like it couldn't be rented out for a period of three months or more continuously to the same person or a relation of them
  4. This is true, but also if you introduce overlooking to a private garden area where there was none previously, that can also work against you (I once had to prepare a series of diagrams in a similar situation to prove that there was no new overlooking, even then it took a planning appeal to get the project passed)
  5. Incorrect.... we all drive Volvo's (the slightly older generation before they became a premium brand!) 🤣
  6. what distance have you got window to window in the new plans? That privacy one looks like it has potential for a spanner in the works - did you speak to them about your proposals before submission?
  7. Wow, that's some website, it's like going back to dial up!! I've looked at doing standard plans a few times because I've hardly ever seen a nicely presented website with nice drawings... the problem I've always come up against is that the Scottish regs are far more onerous than the English, so you can have a much tighter floor plan in England... I might actually start a new thread on here as I reckon there's a lot of good knowledge on here from people who might have considered this route. My biggest issue is that I really hate seeing standard houses where they've totally missed the best of the site to save a few hundred quid in getting drawings done, so we need some ability to make the house types site specific and adaptable...
  8. Did they not ask you how you wanted to build it? That's usually something ironed out in the early stages or at least options looked at, there's so many different technologies now that if you know (roughly) what system you are going to use then you can work with the materials to use them to their most effective - I find it a bit bizarre that people are designing houses without considering the construction
  9. "Best Value" and "Cheapest" aren't really the same thing - it depends on what you can get out of the site really. I guess a true Storey and a half would give you the most floor area for your money (i.e. walls up to ff then the entire first floor within the roof space) What planning authority are you in? you'll find that some like to suggest massing which reflects the surrounding areas, so a square footprint might be very difficult to achieve planning permission for
  10. Every business decision is made on emotion then post-rationalised with the evidence people need to convince themselves
  11. yeah, sorry my explanation wasn't great there - basically if you insulate under the structural deck you have potential for condensation forming on the structural deck (i.e. one side of the osb) Either go for all the insulation outside the structure or all on the warm side, don't split the insulation between them
  12. Well, then you have turned a warm roof into a hybrid roof, you usually insulate between and under rafters, not between and over as you then have the danger of condensation...