Raft of change-of-use development rights come into force in England on 30 May

The date for a raft of new permitted development rights to come into force in England, including office to residential conversions and larger domestic extensions, has been set at 30 May 2013. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced the go ahead for the controversial changes by laying secondary legislation that amends the GPDO 1995. Having been… Read more »

Architect in the House update

Less than a month after CB3 Design carried out their first consultation, Architect in the House have advised that they’re off to a fantastic start with over £13,000 having been raised in return for consultations so far. The joint charitable initiative by Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, and the Royal Institute of British Architects… Read more »

Larger house extensions regime detailed

Reblogged from Planning Portal Director Just in case you missed it, the Government yesterday unveiled the details of the new regime for larger house extensions in England. The new regulations granting new Permitted Development rights – including those for rear-of-house extensions – will come into force on 30 May. The measures include increasing the size… Read more »

Warrington Borough Council to charge for Pre-Planning Application advice

In a very disappointing development, Warrington Borough Council has announced that they are to charge for pre-planning application advice for non-householder proposals.  The fees are to range from £55 for advertisement proposals through to £1000 for ‘significant major developments’, with additional charges for follow up meetings and written advice ranging from £45 to £500.  In… Read more »

Government land disposal search portal

The UK Government Property Unit has recently launched a new web portal that details all Government land available for redevelopment. The portal can be searched by postcode, town or size of property to locate government owned property, buildings and land that is available to rent or buy. The search currently covers England, Scotland and Wales… Read more »

Free Green Deal assessments with Low Carbon Lymm

CB3 Design have been helping local community group Low Carbon Lymm to provide advice on domestic energy saving measures and funding for home improvements. As part of a Government initiative Low Carbon Lymm has secured funding to provide 100 free Green Deal assessments to local residents (the normal cost of these assessments ranges from £100… Read more »

The Technical Housing Standards Review (England)

The Government is currently undertaking a review of all of the standards and regulations affecting new homes, with a plan of action and initial consultation due to be published by late spring 2013.  The findings are awaited with interest; the outcomes will determine not just the quality of new homes, but the way we live in the future…. Read more »

Architect in the House

CB3 design are again participating in the Architect in the House scheme and we are delighted that we have already undertaken our first consultation in the Scottish Borders. The joint charitable initiative by Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) gives homeowners an hour’s consultation with a RIBA chartered… Read more »


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