22/07/13 New Architect Member of Staff

We have expanded our team to include a Chartered Architect

We are pleased to have Chris Cassar working for us from today onwards. Chris is a chartered architect (RIBA). He qualified as an architect in the UK in 1974, had his own Practice in the UK for a number of years before moving to Sweden in the late 1980’s where he re-qualified as a Swedish Architect (SAR). He is familiar with a broad spectrum of architectural work, including housing, retail, offices, churches and night-clubs. His wealth of experience in such diverse areas makes him capable of overseeing almost any project, whatever the challenges.

We look forward to working with Chris and the vast experience that he brings to the company.

08/07/13 New Apprentice taken on

We have employed a new Administration Assistant through the government’s apprenticeship scheme

We look forward to Adam Gray starting today as our new Administration Assistant. Adam has just finished training for the role under the 16-24 Apprenticeship scheme and will continue to be assessed throughout his employment here. After 12 months of working, hewill have obtained a QCF qualification in Business Administration.

We look forward to working with you Adam!

02/06/13 Government Rules for Larger House Extensions Agreed

The government has unveiled new rules to allow larger extensions to houses

New legislation has been passed that has increased the depth allowed under permitted development for a single storey rear extension to a house. Under the old regime, permitted development rules allowed a 3 metre single storey rear extension to a terraced or semi detached property and a 4 metre single storey rear extension to a detached house. These limits have now been doubled, for a temporary period of 3 years only, to allow 6 metre extensions to terraced or semi detached houses and 8 metre extensions to detached houses. The new rules apply to houses only, and do not apply if you live in a conservation area, if the property is listed, or if it is a flat or maisonette.

Ideal Planning & Design can help with your extension application and are happy to talk you through the new guidance and exactly how it works.

13/05/13 Planning Permission for 11 New Flats Obtained

Planning Permission Approved for 11 New Flats in Caterham, Surrey

Ideal Planning & Design have gained planning permission for a scheme to convert and extend a vacant care home in Caterham, Surrey. The site sits alongside another ex-care home that we obtained planning permission last year to develop into 7 houses and is currently under construction.

We are now working on the building regulations drawings and discharging conditions with construction due to start on site this summer.

19/03/13 Wimbledon Residential Development Scheme Submitted

Planning Application for 9 Flats and Office Space in Wimbledon Submitted

Ideal Planning & Design have submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of a derelict site in Wimbledon containing warehouse and industrial sheds to provide 9 x two bedroom flats and 800sqft of B1 office space. The scheme follows extensive pre-planning negotiation with Merton Council and has an end value of approximately £4M.

A decision will be due in around two months.

18/02/13 Ideal Planning & Design to present planning forum to Wandsworth Property Network

We have been invited by the Wandsworth Property Network to speak at their monthly property forum

On 19th February, Ideal Planning & Design will be making a presentation to property developers, landlords and investors based within the London Borough of Wandsworth. The talk, followed by a question and answer session, will cover the best way to approach residential planning applications, including an overview of permitted development rights, to maximise the floor area and value of a property.

The presentation will take place at The Alma in Wandsworth Town at 7.30pm, 19th Feb.


29/01/13 Government Announces Relaxed Office to Residential Conversion Policy

Developers will be able to convert existing office blocks into residential use without having to justify the change of use

The idea of relaxing change of use rule was first raised by the government two years ago. The new policy will apply to offices only and not to Warehouses or Retail uses and is expected to add new permitted development rights to offices to allow the principle of conversion to residential without having to apply for planning permisison. However, planning permission will still be required for a conversion scheme to ensure that the residential units meet housing policy standards.

Under the current system, obtaining a change of use from office to residential is cumbersome and usually requires the property to be vacant for at least a year and be backed up with substantial marketing and financial infromation to justify the change of use.

04/12/12 Planning permission for 7500sqft house in Wimbledon

We have secured outline planning permission for a 7500sqft detached house in the heart of Wimbledon Village

The 6 bedroom dwelling is traditional in design but would incorporate the latest in luxury and refinement, including a cinema, swimming pool and basement leisure complex and state of the art kitchen. The site is set in mature, landscaped gardens.

30/11/12 Planning Permission for 7 New Dwellings Obtained

We have just been granted planning permission for the conversion of an old care home into 7 dwelling units

The site is in Caterham, Surrey and is currently a run down, dilapidated vacant care home. After lengthy negotiations with Tandridge council, we have secured the developer planning permission to convert and extend the building to create 5 three bedroom houses and two one bedroom flats.

20/10/12 Timber Frame On Site In Croydon

We have been project managing the construction of 6 new build houses in Beddington, near Croydon

The development utilises a timber frame construction which has just been put together on site in a matter of days and is now ready for cladding. This is the way to go for projects with a tight timescale. We have been working in conjunction with Target Timber Frames who have done a great job so far.