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Extending upwards with Permitted Development

What are the new PDR for extending homes upwards? As of 31st August 2020, the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2020 grants homeowners the chance to extend their houses upwards – both for their own use and to create additional dwellings – without

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New Use Class Changes | September 2020

On the 21st July 2020 the government published the The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 which will come into force on the 1st September 2020. There will however, be a transitional period until 31st July 2021 where the former use classes will still apply to land and

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Deputies, Solicitors and Architects

Deputies, solicitors and architects often have to work together to provide design solutions for people incapacitated due to health issues. These are delicate projects that need technical knowledge, careful design and legal expertise from all parties. Let’s look further into how Lapworth Architects can help deputies and solicitors with their

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Can I build an outbuilding under permitted development?

I want to build an outbuilding for my family – can I do it under permitted development rules or do I need planning permission? With architecture looking to undergoing some major changes in the post-Covid landscape, more sectioned-off space and more flexible accommodation is likely to be a trend in

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Current Planning Permission Extended to 2021

Planning Permission Deadline Extended to 2021 The government has recently announced that any projects with planning permission that expires before the end of 2020 will automatically be extended until April 2021. Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said: ‘Building the homes the country needs is central to the mission of this government

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Permitted Development Rights

At Lapworth Architects, we want to help our clients understand aspects of the planning system that need to be taken into account when it comes to design. If you’re planning an extension, it’s worth considering what you can build under the implied consent of the Permitted Development rights.

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Our top architecture blogs

Looking for inspiration? Of course, we include our own in our top architecture blogs, but we’re going for practical guides to help clients find out more about what they can build and why they should work with us. These are our top blogs for inspiration and keeping on top of


How to do a Garage Conversion

A garage conversion is a great way to expand your home without the inconvenience of an extension, building up or needing party wall agreements. If your lifestyle has changed, you need more accommodation, or you’re simply not using the garage much, converting it is straightforwards thanks to Permitted Development Rights. 

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Party Wall Surveyors

If you’re doing any work in the Birmingham or West Midlands area that affects your neighbour’s house or land, then you’ll need an official Agreement from drawn up by qualified Party Wall Surveyors to make sure both parties are protected. Experience is key here, as good preparation can mean the


Lapworth boost Walsall town centre with hat-trick of housing projects

Local Birmingham architects and property developers are looking to transform unused office space in Walsall town centre into sustainable apartments in line with council masterplan to transform town post-Covid and revive high street fortunes with mixed-use developments.  Lapworth Architects and Kalam Family Property Developers looking to invest in trio of

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Party Wall Agreements

If you’re doing any work that affects your neighbour’s house or land, when you’ll need a Party Wall Agreement from qualified professionals. Experience is key here, as good preparation can mean the difference between a smooth box-ticking exercise and a slow grind involving multiple professionals. With that in mind, we’ve

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How much can I extend my house without planning permission?

Whether you’re staying put, or have just moved in to your new pad, plenty of homeowners are asking themselves: how much can I extend my house without planning permission.  The government, keen to stimulate the building and architecture economy, has relaxed rules around this to reduce paperwork for something that

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2 storey extensions on apartments – new PD Rules

What are the new rules on 2 storey extensions on apartment blocks? From 1st August 2020 a new permitted development (PD) right will include 2 storey extensions on purpose-built blocks of flats. This will only apply to buildings currently over three storeys in height and the total height of the

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10:56 23 May 20
I contacted lapworth to carry out a site survey for a self build. I got great advice and a very fast turn around of my... report. We will definitely be using lapworth again for our designs.read more
nibha hegde
nibha hegde
19:51 20 Apr 20
I am extremely pleased with Lapworth architects. I just told them in my amateur way what I imagined or wanted in my... bungalow and they drew lovely accurate plans. Michael patiently took on board my multiple requests to make changes as new ideas came to me and he always incorporated them with even further development which shows his expertise. Michael provided monthly supervision service which I think is priceless and is the best part of hiring him!. He visited the site regularly, liaised with various other professionals involved like building control people, engineers, etc, did trouble shooting promptly, ensured costing is kept to minimum, and made sure the work is being carried out to the highest standards in a timely manner. The contractors and builders have also found this service very useful because of helpful professional advise and on-site discussions. I have noted from his late night/weekend emails/calls that Michael has worked very hard on my project- which was a total makeover of a rather dilapidated-closed- space building with poor lighting and access- and made it into a well lit, open spaced bright modern bungalow. He has always kept me well informed. Lastly, I have to say, because of his dedication, the project has carried on with practically no stress or worries imparted to me! He is well connected and tendered my project to a very good builder- for which `I am grateful. I sometimes hear other friends' stories of 'nightmare building projects' and I secretly thank my stars that I gave this project to Lapworth. I wish Michael and his team well. If I were lucky enough to acquire another property, I will promptly give the project to Lapworth again! :)read more
Hugh Humphreys
Hugh Humphreys
23:23 19 Feb 20
Did a very competent job with good value for money, understood my needs and produced the drawings for a complex... extension quickly. Made the small changes requested and continued to provide support on detail on request. I would use them again on further projectsread more
Kay Bedi
Kay Bedi
16:54 01 Feb 20
I used Lapworth after using two different architects who were unable to secure planning permission due to lack of... knowledge in relation to green belt policy and lack of expertise in relation to producing reports alongside planning applications. Ultimately these were the two things that were required to get out planning application approved and we were impressed with the knowledge, expertise and professionalism of everyone we had interactions with at the firm. The firm is better value for money than others we have used as they provide better quality of service at the same price. I would definitely use them again and would recommend them. The staff have a great attitude and work hard to get you the outcome you want. We finally got our application approved and if we had come to Lapworth to start with we would not have wasted two years and a considerable amount of money trying to get planning approved. Thanks to all at Lapworth, particularly Tristan and Tumi for working so hard and providing a great customer service and quality work also thank you to Mike for the great service he has provided. Kayread more
Colin Andrews
Colin Andrews
16:25 15 Jan 20
I can honestly say I don't give reviews, but on this occasion I felt I must. Michael Singh of Lapworth Architects spoke... on behalf of my Company's planning application at Walsall Planning committee for an Adventure Golf Course situated in the Green Belt. The application was submitted in February 2018 and at last came before committee with over 40 objections from residents. Michael Singh spoke on my behalf and obviously new his stuff. He showed he cared about this application. His passion caused others to be convinced not just because of his force of reasoning, but also because he was visibly enjoying the beliefs he wanted the committee to accept. Michael Singh won over the committee members through his professional manner. Accurate, competent, credible, intelligent, knowledgeable, likeable, and believable. The committee voted in favour and gave planning approval. I highly recommend Lapworth Architect's. I definitely will use them again. Thank you so much Michael you were just BRILLIANT Regards Colin Andrews Directorread more
Rajashankar rao
Rajashankar rao
09:53 18 Feb 19
We ( me and my wife) would definitely recommend Lapworth architects without any hesitation.They have been professional... and very prompt in answering our issues. They have been efficient in getting the plans we desired and did the whole application from scratch without any delays. We personally had Manraj to look into our case and absolutely none issues. He has been very efficient in chasing the application process along with updates and infact, got the application approved without any changes.read more
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