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Mark English Architecture

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I've been involved in Architectural Design and Structural Engineering on a freelance basis since 1999. I've accumulated a vast amount of experience over the last 20 years working on projects for both domestic and commercial clients such as Fidus, Siemens, Laing O'Rourke, BMW Group and Northumbrian Water.

If you hace a particular query that is not yet addressed on this Blog then feel free to email me.

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About Me

Home - blog Posted on Wed, June 26, 2013 17:00:17

My name is Mark English – I’m Practice Principal at Mark English Architecture a private Architectural Practice located in Newcastle upon Tyne.

I’ve been involved in Architectural Design and Structural
Engineering on a freelance basis since 1999. I’ve also accumulated a vast amount of experience over the last 20
years working on projects for both domestic and commercial
clients such as Fidus, Siemens, Laing O’Rourke, BMW Group and
Northumbrian Water.


As the Practice Principal I’m professionally qualified in
Architecture, Architectural Technology and Structural Engineering for
the ideal multi-disciplined combination. These academic qualifications are accompanied with many years design experience within residential, industrial and commercial
construction sectors.

Essentially the practice provides clients with cost effective
architectural and structural engineering design for a variety of
property developments and new build projects.

Realistic Architectural Design Fees have been drafted to be affordable and with no hidden extras or additional costs you get premium fixed price service

Domestic design services include loft conversions, home
extensions, over-garage extensions, renovations, basement conversions,
garden rooms, garage convervsions, conservatories and new build
projects.

Commercial projects include social, retail, sports and
leisure developments such as shops, restaurants, public houses, hotels,
community sports centres and swimming pools.

Anyway, if you have a particular query that is not yet addressed on this Blog then feel free to email me.

You also may like to follow me on Facebook, Twitter or go the Website for further information.

Thanks for reading…. Mark



Do Loft Conversions require Planning Permission?

Planning Permission Posted on Wed, June 26, 2013 15:45:04

Question: Do Loft Conversions require Planning Permission?


Answer 1:
No Planning Permission is Required – if the loft coversion only has roof window – VELUX Windows

Answer 2:
No Planning Permission is Required – if the loft coversion proposaln has REAR FACING dormer window(s) and/or Velux Windows, HOWEVER, this is only the case where Permitted Development Rights (PD Rights) are in place.


To be permitted development any additional roof space created by dormers must not exceed these volume allowances:

* 40 cubic metres for terraced houses.

* 50 cubic metres for detached and semi-detached houses.

If Permitted Development Rights have been removed – then a Planning Application WILL BE required.

You can check your PD Rights by contacting the Local Authority Planning Department.

Where work is proposed to a listed building, listed building consent may be required. The permitted development allowances described apply to houses not flats, maisonettes or other buildings.

Please note: In
any event if the loft conversion is to be a habital space it is essential that a
Building Regulation Application is submitted to Building Control with
details of insulation, structural engineering and other technical requirements.


Answer 3: Planning Permission IS Required – If the loft conversion proposal has front facing dormer windows.

Velux Cabrio Windows are a great alternative to a front facing dormer window – and they don’t require planning approval – if PD Right are in place on the property.


Further info can be found on the Planning Portal – Loft Conversions

OR check out the Planning Portal – Animated Guide

If you’re unsure then please do not hesitate to get in touch – Thanks



Do Garage Conversions require Planning Permission?

Planning Permission Posted on Wed, June 26, 2013 15:31:00

Question: Do Garage Conversions require Planning Permission?


Answer: Planning Permission NOT required UNLESS the Permitted Development Rights have been removed – In this case Planning Permission WILL BE required.

You can check your PD Rights by contacting the Local Authority Planning Department.

Where work is proposed to a listed building, listed building consent may be required. The permitted development allowances described apply to houses not flats, maisonettes or other buildings.

Please note: In any event if the garage is to be a habital space it is essential that a Building Regulation Application is submitted to Building Control with details of insulation, floor build-up and other technical requirements.

See photo below of what can be achived when a garage space is converted…


Further info can be found on the Planning Portal

As previously stated, the conversion of a garage, or part of a garage, into habitable space
will normally require approval under the Building Regulations.