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Planning application advice: 

Planning Approval vs. Building Control Approval 

When undertaking a building project or renovation, it's crucial to navigate the regulatory landscape, which includes understanding the difference between planning approval and building control approval. Here, we delve into what each process entails and how Maidenhead Planning can assist you in managing these requirements effectively.

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What is Planning Approval?

Planning approval, also known as planning permission, focuses on the visual impact, use, and integration of your project within the local environment. It addresses whether your project aligns with local development strategies concerning land use, aesthetic considerations, and access to infrastructure.

The goal here is to assess how your proposed changes will fit into the fabric of the community. After submitting your planning application, authorities consider several factors including the design's aesthetic appeal, its adherence to local architectural styles, the potential for obstructing views, and its impact on neighbourhood character.

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What is Building Control Approval?

Building control approval, or building regulations approval, contrasts by concentrating on the technical and safety aspects of the construction. This process ensures that all building designs meet specific standards for durability, safety, and energy efficiency.

This includes checking the structural integrity of the building to ensure it can withstand typical stresses and strains. It also involves evaluating fire safety measures, ventilation systems, and thermal performance to make sure the project meets all current health and safety codes.

Importantly, obtaining both approvals ensures that any construction work is safe, sustainable, and considerate of its community impact. These processes help to:

Mitigate risks

Safeguarding against construction that could be potentially hazardous or out of character with the neighbourhood.

Ensure compliance

Both approvals ensure that your project complies with all local regulations, helping to avoid legal problems in the future.

Community well-being

They ensure that developments will positively contribute to the area's environment and social fabric.

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Trust Maidenhead Planning

Maidenhead Planning has years of experience in guiding clients through both building control approvals and planning applications. Our expertise in local regulations and design sensibilities ensures that your project adheres to all necessary guidelines without compromising your vision.

We are able streamline the process by handling the necessary documentation and negotiations with local authorities, providing a hassle-free experience for homeowners. Our meticulous approach is both design-conscious and efficient, ensuring that your project progresses smoothly from concept to completion.

How can we help?

Understanding and navigating the differences between planning and building control approvals are essential for any construction or renovation project. With the support of Maidenhead Planning, you can confidently manage these processes and ensure that your project successfully meets all required criteria. If you'd like to find out more, please do get in touch or book a free video consultation to discuss your project.

Posted on April 23rd 2024

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