Complete Architecture have secured retrospective planning permission for a contemporary extension to a traditional stone cottage in Galgate, Lancashire.

Brimming with character, the existing cottage was wonderfully quirky with curved stone walls and a curved slate roof wrapping around the corners of the building. In the garden the existing outbuilding was used by the previous owner as a pottery workshop. The new owners wanted to link the two buildings together, incorporate the outbuilding into the main dwelling to increase living space and improve the house layout for modern day living. A contemporary extension design had previously been agreed and approved by the planning authority to link the two buildings together.

Retrospective planning permission is normally required if planning approval has not been given in advance of starting the development work. It is a breach of planning control and councils can consider a range of actions depending on the nature and seriousness of the planning breach.

In this instance planning approval had been secured prior to starting work on site. Subtle changes to the design as site work progressed resulted in the need to reapply for planning permission.

Complete Architecture worked closely with the Owners, their Contractor and the Planning Authority; managing the planning application process and minimising the impact to work on site. Difficulties were overcome through regular communication between all parties resulting in planning approval being achieved for the updated extension design.

Making design changes after work has commenced on site can prove problematic, stressful and ultimately costly for clients. Complete Architecture always recommend that sufficient time should be allowed to finalise a building design during the pre-construction phase. The more decisions that can be made by clients before site works start the greater the likelihood of a smooth running project on site.

Work on site is progressing well and we look forward to seeing the completed building in due course.

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