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Why start planning your Extension or Remodel Now?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

With the Autumn well and truly in swing and Brexit still creating an uncertain housing market many people are choosing to get the home they desire by extending or re planning their home.

If you plan to make alterations or carry out an extension in Bristol now is a great time to start planning that move, We look at some of the advantages of starting in Autumn.


The biggest mistake people often make is to underestimate the timescales involved with planning a home project, things to consider are that the initial design process may take a few weeks to conclude before moving onto the planning stage. Planning itself will take at a minimum at least 9 weeks to conclude and this can be further lengthened if planning conditions are put on any approval.

There is then usually another design process to complete the drawing packages and move forward with the technical process. It is important to also consider other approvals that might be needed such as Party Wall Act consent and Wessex Water approval and any external consultants. These can often add around 2 months delay to a project.

Speak to Western Building Consultants about how our rapid service can help reduce the timescales involved in your project.

Finding a Builder in Bristol

To get an accurate quote from a local contractor might not be possible until the technical information is complete, also it is important to bear in mind that good contractors usually have a long waiting list. Although you can on occasion be lucky enough to find a cancellation slot.

Speak to Western Building Consultants about our approved contractors list.

Architecture, Extensions and Remodel in Bristol
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Given that the whole process can take on average 6-9 months on average to conclude, now is a great time to start as the project could be started in spring or summer when its ideal to start digging foundations or temporarily exposing roof coverings.

Permitted Development Rights in Bristol

The government has just announced a further extension to permitted development rights for householders and potentially more on the way. Whilst there are some restrictions depending on the type of project in some unrestricted areas large single storey extensions and dormer windows can be constructed. Permitted development rights is an area of planning that has historically changed frequently so taking advantage of the current situation would be advisable. Due to several grey areas and loopholes it is important that you commission a competent company to check your project falls within the scope of permitted development and we would always advise that a certificate of lawful development is sought from the council. The good news is lots of areas in Bristol do not require Planning Permission to extend!

Speak to Western Building Consultants about your PD rights.

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