Out and About in October

Posted by & filed under News.

October has zipped by here at RTP. The leaves turned and fell, oddly the sun shone just a warm as it did back in the summer, and Falmouth town has become much quieter as the holiday months become a distant memory. Though the town may be quieter, our office is as buzzing as ever. Here is what some of the team got up to in October.

Alistair Strachan has been organising a variety of repair works for the coming months, covering everything from a church in St Mawes church to a shop in Truro. In addition he has been overseeing a large extension to an industrial unit and submitting invitations for contractors to tender for a residential extension to a property in Falmouth.

For CDM services during October, Sue Wilton has been busy with the evaluation of lifting plans, as the use of cranes appears to be a strong theme – both within public sector works in health care facilities and in the building of a new holiday home in timber frame construction. In the commercial sector, two projects have come to a close, with issue of the Health and Safety Files and the ongoing preparation of several others. Newer CDM jobs were in earlier phases, with the preparation of Pre-construction information for school work and a clock tower.

Richard Collett has been progressing with the reconstruction of a large house destroyed by a fire earlier in the year. The roof structure is now in place and has been felt and battened. Windows and doors are due very soon. Revised Planning has been obtained for a minor change to the front elevation. He has been overseeing the completion of works to renovate a large retail premises in Falmouth’s Market Street in readiness for the incoming tenant; a large national retailer.

In addition, Scott Pateman and Richard Collett attended a design team meeting for a large development of 11 barn conversions on the edge of Dartmoor and were tasked with solving the problem of low headroom in several of the barns. Next will come the interesting problem of detailing construction around existing steel portal frame hay barns that received Planning through the Prior Approval route. Prior Approval is a recent change to the Permitted Developments rules.

What is Prior Approval?

Prior approval means that a developer has to seek approval from the local planning authority that specified elements of the development are acceptable before work can proceed. The matters for prior approval vary depending on the type of development and these are set out in full in the relevant parts in Schedule 2 to the General Permitted Development Order. A local planning authority cannot consider any other matters when determining a prior approval application.

What types of development require prior approval?

Prior approval is required for some change of use permitted development rights. Certain other types of permitted development including the erection of new agricultural buildings, demolition and the installation of telecommunications equipment also require prior approval. The matters which must be considered by the local planning authority in each type of development are set out in the relevant parts of Schedule 2 to the General Permitted Development Order.

If you have any questions about obtaining Local Authority approvals, or any matter you need help and guidance with, please do not hesitate to get in touch as the team would be happy to help.