Friday, 7 October 2016

The new national building control application service from the Planning Portal

This could be interesting.

https://blog.planningportal.co.uk/2016/10/06/a-new-national-building-control-application-service-from-the-planning-portal/

So, building control is going online? Let's see what happens.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Orangery in Rake, Hampshire

It is not often that we get involved in a job like this but last year Mr & Mrs A Appelboam-Meadows commissioned us to design them an orangery extension to the rear of their beautiful home in Rake, Hampshire.

The team that put this project together were:

Architectural Services - GBS Designs
Structural Engineers - P J Davies Associates Ltd
Main Contractor - Agincourt Contractors Ltd

We think the photographs speak for themselves.













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Monday, 30 May 2016

Yorkshire Fracking Permission Makes Waves

In an excellent article by Roger Milne we learn the North Yorkshire County Council have granted permission for an exploratory fracking scheme.

What?! Why?! and How?! Has this scheme been given approval? The move has upset environmentalists, scientists and local residents; the people who really know about these things and live there.

Gas, oil, coal and other fossil fuels are yesterday's fuels. We are currently in a cross over period from fossil fuels to renewable energies such as wind, wave and solar power, and it is the latter energy sources that all should be putting their efforts into.

To read the article see the link below.

https://www.planningportal.co.uk/news/article/303/yorkshire_fracking_permission_makes_waves

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Peers Overturn 20% Starter Home Requirement

This could be interesting. The simple fact is that more houses are needed where people want and have to live, and that those houses and homes must be built.

To read more HERE

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Friday, 5 February 2016

Havant Borough Council & GBS Designs working together

The car park at Purbrook Chase Precinct has always been a free for all in terms of positioning of vehicles. As a resident I have even witnessed arguments and more regarding parking. But not any more............

The traffic management team have been working closely with me following a suggestion to line the public car park located in Purbrook Chase Precinct.

From an article shortly to appear in Havant Borough Council's magazine Serving You:

Glenn Bramble-Stewart, a local resident and Chartered Building Engineer approached the traffic management team to suggest that the car park be formally marked to maximise the available space within the car park. He had kindly prepared a plan showing exactly how the car park could be marked. The plan was reviewed by the traffic management team and it was agreed that Mr Bramble-Stewart’s idea was something that should be pursued.

A works order has now been placed and the car park will be lined in the coming months. We hope that this will benefit the community as a whole and would like to thank Mr Bramble-Stewart for taking such a positive interest in the local area and working with the team.

If you have any suggestions that you would like the traffic management team to consider please email trafficteam@havant.gov.uk and one of the team will be very happy to discuss your idea with you.






So as you can see, councils are willing to work with residents.

On personal level I would like to thank Miss Emma Pond (Senior Traffic Engineer, Parking and Traffic Team at Havant Borough Council) for open mindedness and 'can do' attitude towards this scheme that will make many lives much easier - thank you Emma.




Friday, 8 January 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all and we hope you had a good Christmas.

The article below below looks interesting. I wonder if it could break the hold that local authorities have over planning and bring more consistency?

Planning minister Brandon Lewis has announced proposals to pilot competition in the processing of planning applications.
This move was signalled just past midnight on Tuesday in the Commons during the first session of the report stage of the Government’s Housing and Planning Bill.
Opposition MPs complained the plan would “weaken the accountability of local planning services” and risked undermining local planning departments.
The proposal to test whether planning could be speeded up if “alternative providers” handled planning applications is the subject of a number of amendments to the legislation proposed at the end of last year after the bill had completed its detailed scrutiny by a committee of MPs.
Lewis said the amendments would give the Secretary of State the power to introduce pilot schemes “for competition in the processing of applications for planning permission”.
The SoS would have the power to designate who could participate in a pilot which would be for “a limited period specified in regulations”.
He explained provisions in the bill would allow regulations to be made for the “setting, publishing and charging of fees by designated persons and planning authorities in the pilot areas, and for the refunding of fees in specific circumstances.
“They would also provide for the Secretary of State to intervene when he considers that excessive fees are being charged”.
The minister said regulations would be drawn up “to provide for the sharing of information between designated persons and planning authorities in pilot areas, and with the Secretary of State”.
Lewis stressed that the scheme would be confined to processing applications and would not mean competition in determining planning applications.
He told MPs: “Let me be clear: this is about competition for the processing of applications, not their determination.
“The democratic determination of planning applications by local planning authorities is a fundamental pillar of the planning system, and that will remain the case during any pilot schemes that the Secretary of State brings forward.”
Lewis insisted: “These new clauses will allow us to test, in specific areas of the country and for a limited period, the benefits of allowing planning applicants to choose who processes their planning application”.
He added: “That will lead to a more efficient and effective planning system, better able to secure the development of the homes and other facilities that our communities need and want.
“Introducing choice for the applicant enables them to shop around for the services that best meet their needs. It will enable innovation in service provision, bringing new resources into the planning system and driving down costs while improving performance.”
At the same session during the early hours of Wednesday (6 January) Lewis confirmed that  the Secretary of State’s scrutiny of appeals involving housing proposals in neighbourhood plan areas will continue for a further six months.

by Roger Milne

Only time will tell if this is a good idea.

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Chartered Structural Engineer on board

We are delighted to announce that Peter Davies BSc (Hons) CEng MIStructE has joined our practice as an Associate.

Peter has worked with us on many projects and his joining us was a natural step and this step will enhance the services we offer our clients.

Peter is a very experienced fully qualified Chartered Structural Engineer, ensuring all projects are completed to the highest standards.

He is a specialist in the following areas:

  • Structural engineer’s reports such as building defects
  • Calculations for domestic house extensions
  • Knock through/wall removals & steel beam designs, timber frame design
  • Schools & educational buildings
  • Refurbishments & conversions
  • Historic buildings, alterations to commercial & public buildings
  • Steel & concrete frames
  • Subsidence reports for insurance claims
  • Party Wall services
As you can see, Peter is a very talented professional and brings a wealth of experience.