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Agricultural Permitted Development Rights Allowing Farm Buildings to be Converted Into Homes Without Needing Planning Permission - Update

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Monday, July 13, 2015, In : Architects Devon 
Rules allowing farm buildings to be converted into homes without needing planning permission were introduced last spring. These new rules are among a range of ‘Change of Use’ permitted development (PD) rights brought in by the government with the intention to increase housing supply. This represents an exciting opportunity for many agricultural land owners looking to diversify.

Under the new rules, applicants must notify councils to decide whether prior approval is needed for proposed barn...

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Understanding the workflow – an overview of project management

Posted by Jonathan Braddick Architect Devon on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, In : Self Build 

Any building project, however large or small, ought to have a manager. This applies whether you're constructing a new house or the Olympic stadium – hiring one person to plan and oversee the task of a residential build, from conception to completion, ensures proper organisation and a smooth workflow.

What are the responsibilities?

Make no mistake, a PM's responsibilities are great; it's no wonder they wear a hard hat. The PM is responsible for almost everything, from following blueprints ...


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Planning Permission for New House in the Country Granted ...

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Friday, June 6, 2014, In : Architects Devon 
I am delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted for  a new family house in the country that I was commissioned to design for a private client.

The application was for the replacement of a mobile home and outbuildings with a dwelling and garage on a very rural agricultural site. 

The approved scheme will result in a bespoke family home, garage and domestic curtilage.

The proposals relocate the proposed dwelling away from the existing mobile home to a suitable  location. The ...
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Proposed Change to Agricultural Buildings Permitted Development Rights

Posted by Jonathan Braddick Architects Devon on Monday, February 10, 2014, In : Architects Devon 

Information has recently been issued in regard to proposals to significantly alter the ‘permitted development rights’ for agricultural buildings & rural communities. It is proposed that the alterations are to be implemented from April 2014. Jonathan Braddick Chartered Architects practice across Devon and Somerset and as such have been investigating the likely effect that the proposed changes will have on our clients, many of whom are agricultural land owners and or developers of agricultu...


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Why Use an Architect?

Posted by Jonathan Braddick Architects Devon on Sunday, February 2, 2014, In : Architects Devon 

I am often asked why it is important to use an Architect, when sometimes it can be cheaper to use an un-registered plan drawer or architectural designer, what’s the difference?

To call oneself an ‘architectural designer’ you don’t necessarily need any formal qualifications or experience, whereas the title ‘Architect’ is protected by law and can only be used by people registered with the Architects Registration board (ARB), having gone through the relevant training and demonstrated ...


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RIBA Plymouth (CPD) Cross Professional Dialogue

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Thursday, October 24, 2013, In : RIBA Planning 
A big thank you to the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) South West Branch and, especially, to Bob Brown and the Plymouth School of Architecture for hosting last nights Cross Professional Dialogue (CPD) entitled 'playing at home; plans for Home Park/Central Park', it was a great success.

The presentation, by Richard Bara Chartered Landscape Architect & Urban Planning Coordinator at Plymouth City Council provided a very interesting insight into the history and future opportunities for lei...

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Convert Your Loft Into an Extra Bedroom

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Friday, June 21, 2013, In : Architects Devon 

Space is always at a premium in a house, especially as the children grow up or a new one arrives. Living space, playing space, sleeping space, it’s always an interesting juggling problem to fit everyone and everything in. When moving house is impractical, that empty loft area at the top of the property is the ideal space to convert into an extra bedroom. Not only can it be somewhere to sleep - with the right planning it can also become a useful play and storage space.
Lofty ideals
The first t...


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Extending a Bedroom to Include an En Suite Bathroom

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Monday, June 17, 2013, In : Self Build 

It’s a classic family dilemma; everyone wants to use the bathroom at the same time in the morning. Tempers fray, cries of: “What are you doing in there?” and much stomping around, exasperated sighs and slamming of doors are frequent accompaniments to the leaving for work/school cacophony.

Instead of letting the situation continue, it’s time to consider installing an en suite bathroom to ease the pressure on the morning ablutions.

Space considerations

It is wise to carefully consider ...


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Self Building Your Own Home - Getting the Design Right

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Thursday, June 13, 2013, In : Architects Devon 

Perfecting the design of your new home is one of the hardest parts of carrying out your own self build project. Your project is going to require a massive investment, both emotionally & financially, so it is important to take your time at this stage & get it right! 


Taking your time & being certain you are happy with the design at this stage will save you time & money in the long term, as changes made later in the process will be more costly. Changes made on site during construction have the p...


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RIBA Plymouth / Exeter Branch & Love Architecture Events June 2013

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Monday, June 10, 2013, In : RIBA Architects Love Architecture 2013 

There are lots of great events fro Architects in Devon,  and those interested in Architecture, taking place in Exeter, Plymouth and the rest of the South West, including Exmouth, Cornwall, Bath and Bristol over the course of the next month as part of the Love Architecture Festival. Getting involved with these events is a  fantastic opportunity to promote the Architectural profession and the important role that architecture plays in our everyday lives to the wider world. The are also great fun...


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A link between reduced crime rates and 'good design' has been proved by CABE

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Saturday, March 2, 2013, In : RIBA Good Design 

Recently the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment have issued a report on reducing crime in high-density housing developments through design. The authors of the report claim to have provided proof that there is a link between the design of 'good' urban developments and reduced amounts of crime and anti-social behaviour experienced by residents.

The report was commissioned from CABE by the The Home Offic...


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Guide to Wood Flooring

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Monday, October 1, 2012, In : Self Build 
Wood flooring are a sought-after flooring solution in residential and commercial properties alike. When an architect approves wood flooring for your property there are often many considerations that have been taken into account prior to this approval because flooring made of wood do not fit every property or more often do not fit every single room within the property. Because of its complete natural construction, wood reacts to variations in temperature as well as disliking wet conditions. 

Wh...

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Offices to homes conversions back on agenda as part of housing stimulus

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Sunday, September 16, 2012, In : Planning 

The government has revived plans to allow the conversion of vacant office buildings to residential use, a flagship policy from last year designed to increase the pipeline of new homes that the coalition said subsequently would not be implemented following a hostile reaction to consultation.

The Government confirmed that it would not take the proposals forward in a ministerial statement issued by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles last week in support of the housing stimulus package.

Pickles say...


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Sunday Times British Home Awards 'Smart Homes' Competition

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, In : RIBA Planning 

The short list for the Sunday Times British Home Awards 'Smart Homes' competition have been released.

The competition is seeking integrated, interoperable solutions that demonstrate the application of digital monitoring and control systems in the home.

The panel of judges have selected a shortlist of 6 designs which are now open for your vote until midnight on August 13 2012 through thewww.thesundaytimes.co.uk/homeawards

SHORTLISTED

    • Street Smart: White arkitekter
    • S,M,L home: Pentan...


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RIBA Architect in the House Extended

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Thursday, July 12, 2012, In : RIBA Architect in The House 2012 

The RIBA 'Architect in The House' charity fundraising scheme has been extended until the 25th July.Local Architects practice based in Plymouth and Exmouth in Devon  ‘Jonathan Braddick – Chartered Architect Devon’ has signed up to take part in Architect in the House, the joint charitable initiative by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Shelter.

 
Homeowners can receive a one hour consultation with an RIBA Chartered Architect (such as Jonathan Braddick) for a suggested don...

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Neighbourhood Planning

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Saturday, July 7, 2012, In : RIBA Planning 
The Government has recently introduced new legislation, in the form of neighbourhood planning powers, that will allow local communities to have greater control over the look and feel of their area.

Planning is complex, and so the structures must be in place to ensure communities have the necessary support in this process. The profession has a key role to play in enabling the best outcomes from this policy initiative and we are looking to explore the ways in which to provide both the structures...

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All change for conservation area consents and immunity orders in heritage legislation

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Thursday, June 7, 2012, In : Planning 

Changes to the heritage protection regime are on the way following publication of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill sponsored by the Department of Business. Many of the proposed changes have been in discussion for some years and English Heritage has welcomed the arrival of legislation to deliver improvements to the system.

The bill seeks to fundamentally change the Heritage List for England so that the extent of a building's special interest would be legally defined in its list entry ...


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Extensions, Loft Conversions and Adding Value to Your Home

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, In : Planning 
More and more people are deciding to improve their homes rather than move, taking the view that there is plenty of scope in adding to the value of their home for longer-term gain through carefully considered extensions, upgrades and installations. Why move and pay huge amounts of stamp duty, legal fees, estate agents fees and removal costs when, with a bit of creative thinking, you can invest this money to make your current house the home you have always dreamed of.
 well-planned and execute...
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Self Build Portal Opens

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Thursday, April 26, 2012, In : Self Build 

Grant Shapps, housing minister and self-proclaimed self-build enthusiast, hosted a celebrity 'workshop' at 10 Downing Street last week to highlight new support measures for self-builders and to make a pledge to double the size of the bespoke homes sector.

The event saw the launch of a new one-stop Self Build Portal that brings together sources of advice and a progress report from the National Self Build Association (NaSBA), which drew up an action plan last year at the request of the housing...


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Warmer Homes

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Friday, April 6, 2012, In : Green Rennovation 

The Green Building Store has just launched some extremely useful new resources on low energy retrofits, which aim to help householders make well-informed decisions for improving the energy efficiency of their homes.

The resources include case studies of typical hard-to-treat homes in West Yorkshire and also offer guidance on developing 'whole house plans' and ventilation strategies. 

Click here to download

Click on the You Tube link below to watch computer animations showing examples of best pra...


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Neighbourhood Planning and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, In : Planning 

The Government’s new planning reforms (NPPF) will result in a presumption in favour of ‘Sustainable Development’ and present a huge opportunity for commercial developers and house builders, as long as they are able to demonstrate the sustainable credentials of a scheme and a willingness to engage with local neighbourhoods at the planning stage.

Projects that have been previously refused and even dismissed at appeal also promise to be reincarnated, again, as long as the schemes sustainabl...

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Consumer Guide to Buying Replacement Windows and Doors

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Friday, March 2, 2012, In : Windows and Doors 

If you’re looking to buy new windows and doors, then here a few hints and tips to make sure you choose the best company to install your new home improvement products.

1.0       Recommendations

As with all building work, picking a company to install your windows and doors requires you placing your trust in a company you may never have used or even heard of before. That is why it is a good idea to use a company that has been recommended to you by word of mouth. It needs to be someone recommende...


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£24k For Ashburton Householders To Show Us Their Hotspots

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Friday, February 17, 2012, In : Green Rennovation 

An Ashburton initiative has won thousands of pounds of Government funding to explore how local homes can go much greener.

Local residents are being urged to “Show us your hotspots” and take part in the study – which will arm all Ashburton householders with expert knowledge to help make their homes cosier and their energy bills smaller.

The money will also pay for 100 residents to take a day trip to a national green building centre to see for themselves the best way to improve their h...


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The Code for Sustainable Homes (C4SH) for Beginners

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : Code for Sustainable Homes 

There is a growing population of architects, builders and planners who are familiar with CSH, and know what needs to be done in order to meet what can be a strict and rigorous planning condition.

One thing is definitely for certain: C4SH (The Code) requirements can be a postcode lottery; you are far more likely to be asked for the Code if you are building in the South East of England or around the Midlands. Although more and more planners are starting to ask for CSH compliance, especially on...


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10 reasons why you should choose LEDs when changing to or specifying low-energy lighting

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : Low Energy Lighting 

I am a great fan of LED lighting as the preferred method of low energy lighting and have successfully incorporated replacement LED lighting in several residential projects over the last couple of years. I am pleased to say to the total satisfaction of the owners. Therefore, inspired by the clarity of an article I recently read, I wanted to share these reasons. This blog might look counterintuitive at first glance, but having read it I may have convinced you that compact fluorescent light bulb...


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Top tips for PV

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : Photovoltaics 

1. The optimum orientation is ‘due south' (not ‘magnetic south') as this will maximise the sunshine and/or daylight.2. The optimum pitch of the PV Module is 30 degrees. At this angle, the PV Module will 'self clean' as much as possible.

3. A PV Module fitted at less than 10 degrees pitch will need regular manual cleaning.

4. An array of PV Modules can be a very effective source of electricity production, depending on the size and number in the array. This could provide a consistent sour...


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BRE Proposals on SAP Methodology

Posted by Jonathan Braddick on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : SAP 

BRE has just released its proposals on how the SAP methodology should be changed in line with the planned revision of Building Regulations in 2013; the next step towards proposed Zero Carbon houses by 2016.

It should be noted that this is consultation stage only.

There are eight key changes which may be relevant on upcoming housing developments.

This consultation only applies to the calculations used for producing SAP assessments and EPC's. It does not cover Target Emission Rates, limiting U...


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Jonathan Braddick - RIBA Chartered Architects Devon


Jonathan Braddick A RIBA Chartered Architects practice based in Exmouth near Exeter in Devon, Jonathan offers comprehensive Architects services: from conceptual design through to completion on site, and beyond. Jonathan practices throughout the South West and South East of England. Jonathan is the Chairman of the Plymouth Branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He provides full Architect services across all project sectors and types, but his particular passion is for bespoke, ecologically sustainable, residential developments including: housing developments, individual house builds, conversions and high-end extensions for both developer and private clients. Jonathan Braddick is not just a designer, but has a strong focus on carrying projects through from inception to completion on site. Jonathan provides a high level of legislative and technical knowledge as well as specialist expertise in construction procurement and on site contract administration. Jonathan ensures that his designs respond to all relevant planning legislation, will comply with the building regulations, are constructionally cost effective and buildable on site. As well as being a RIBA Chartered Architect, Jonathan is also a NHER licensed 'On Construction Domestic Energy Assessor' (OCDEA), providing in house sustainability/energy efficient design as a matter of course. Jonathan is able to provide this service in-house without the added delay, complication and expense of having to outsource and coordinate with another consultant. Pre-application and full Code for Sustainable Homes Assessments and advice can be provided and Jonathan is also a licensed SAP and 'On Construction EPC Assessor'.
 

For examples of completed projects, both in Devon and the south-east, please visit the Projects page of this website. For a summary of the Architects services that Jonathan provides and how he can help you with your project please visit the Services page of the website. 

Contact Jonathan on: 01395 265768 or email: jb@riba.co

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