Whether large or small, residential or commercial, our team at ECHO have experience of a variety of projects, and we can help in every aspect of the project from submitting planning applications to the interior design. We understand how our rather unique buildings fit within the complex Planning system., and we can offer appropriate advice on planning and manage all aspects of the project from the start.
To establish exactly what may or may not be possible on a particular site, it's worth beginning the Planning Application process as early on in the project as possible. A straightforward Planning Application will typically take two months to be processed from receipt of the completed application, but the whole process can be lengthier if the site or the nature of the project demands tree or wildlife surveys, archaeological reports, etc. to be undertaken.
Prefabricated and transported to site, our buildings are designed to conform to, and far exceed, BS:3632:2015 - the legal definition of a mobile home for Planning purposes. This can help with the planning process in certain situations, and our designs are ideal for rental accommodation where sustainability and a natural aesthetic are particularly desirable , such as for sites in designated areas. Each site and design proposal is unique, and whatever the proposal , we would always advise working with your Local Planning Authority (LPA) to ensure the appropriate permissions are granted where needed.
If the intended use of the building is as self contained accommodation for rental, we would advise you obtain planning permission for the building. For land designated as agricultural, for example, permission for change of use for the land to site a caravan can be applied for.
If the intended use of the building is as a permanent dwelling and main residence, you will need planning permission for a dwelling house. Two Flowers is a small, off grid house for two, sited on a Croft in northwest Scotland, which was granted permission as a permanent dwelling.
Other options may be possible depending on the intended use and the designation of the site may include : the application for a Lawful Development Certificate ( England and Wales) or a Certificate of Lawfulness ( Scotland, Northern Ireland ) ; if the proposal is for incidental use - an office space , studio etc., - and can meet the criteria, it may fall under Permitted Development;.
If appropriate, a Pre Planning Application can be useful to get an indication as to whether or not planning may be granted for your project. The fee for this is normally less than for a full planning application - an LPA may offer advice free of charge. It can be submitted without the need for detailed plans, and it can be helpful to establish the approach needed for a successful application. It is worth remembering, however that if a full application is necessary subsequently, the process may ultimately take longer .
Each individual UK regional council will have its own Local Plan and policies, and Town and Country Planning Acts differ between England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Here are links to find your LPA online. If your site is in Scotland, you can find a link at mygov.scot. For England or Wales, you can find your LPA and advice at the Planning Portal. The Northern Ireland Planning Portal offers advice and links for local councils .