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Why winter is a great time to apply for planning permission.

Granny Annexe, Basildon

Why winter is a great time to apply for planning permission.

Planning permission can seem like an uphill struggle for those looking into it for the first time, and it is definitely something that can create some challenges.

We consider ourselves to be ‘annexe planning specialists’ and with our unique planning service we are able to deal with the whole process for you, this means we take care of everything from start to finish, including creating the drawings, liaising with your planning officer and making any adaptations that might be required ensuring that your annexe gets approval meaning that we can get started on building your new home as soon as possible.


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Sometimes people enquire if planning permission is definitely required. Unfortunately, the answer to this is yes, planning permission is always required for a permanent structure that is to be lived in.

It is sometimes mentioned by other companies that planning can be avoided by building under the ‘caravan act’, this is not something we would advise however as the buildings we construct are permanent structures built to strict building control regulations, something far removed from a mobile structure.

The best way to proceed with annexe construction, in our view, is to deal with a specialised company such as our selves who know the ‘ins and outs’ of the annexe building process. With our in-depth knowledge of the industry, we will be able to make an appraisal of your property and the garden and local area in order to design a building that is going to suit the surroundings and incorporate the design that is perfect for you and your garden. This attention to detail gives your planning application the best possible chance of success as all of our designs are bespoke and designed for each unique location.



How is my annexe planning application decided?

The results of your application can change according to your local planning authority, and of course on your particular planning officer. With this in mind, no local authorities are the same, which can make the process more complex and confusing. Granny Annexe has built projects all over the country, we have built up an expertise in these planning matters, and understand the differences in particular areas. This gives us a head-start when it comes to designing your building and can help make the process as straight forward and stress-free as possible.

How to get professional help to build your annexe?

Getting started on building an annexe could not be easier. First, we would suggest that you book a free site survey with our surveyors. This will give you the opportunity to discuss your project in detail and for us to give you our advice on the type of building that we think would be most suitable for your surroundings and needs.

After your free site survey, the fun part starts. We will design your annexe building and create a CAD drawing using our architect software, create a plan of your garden with the annexe in situ, and demonstrate where all utilities will be joined, we will then send you an itemised quotation with your drawings. This is a totally no-obligation service, all free of charge.

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Why now could be great time to start your project and gain planning permission?

If you are thinking that an annexe could be an ideal investment for your family, then now might be the perfect time to get started. Regarding the planning process, you might be surprised to hear that the current situation with COVID offers a good opportunity to submit applications. Like many of us, councils are working efficiently from home. Due to this, more decision-making powers have been handed to case-officers in order to help make the process as smooth as possible, which means we have seen an improved success rate in general.

It also seems apparent that annexe type structures have an increased likely hood of acceptance, especially when considered as an alternative to care homes.

All of this means that your annexe application has a good chance of approval, meaning you can get the ball rolling on your annexe project.

Winter is also a fantastic time to start the process as it means everything can be in place to start building in spring when the weather conditions have improved, meaning that your new home can be ready to move into in a matter of 5 – 8 weeks!

Please contact us on 0800 334 5774 (Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00) in order to book a time and date for your free site survey. Or please complete our FREE site survey website form (CLICK HERE) :

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