BBS are in the top ten providers of Building Control in the country and have experienced 20% growth year on year. They provide the service of ‘signing off’ building work during it’s various construction stages, ensuring it adheres to the Building Regulations.
We recently received an email from BBS stating that as of 1st April 2014 their fees will be 5% lower than comparable quotes from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC).
CPA Planning Design have been involved with BBS many times over the years and have received nothing short of a professional service.
It has also been noted by BBS that TWBC do send out letters which appear to be requests for payment relating to Building Control, BBS are in the process of pursuing this, to avoid confusion to clients.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) are joining ‘So Create a Difference’ to organise ‘So Create’ – a debate on improving Tunbridge Wells. It’s a follow up to one arranged by local Architects in January 2013 and will centre on the planning and development process to improve the town.
Speakers will include Robert Adam who chaired the RIBA judges’ panel for the competition to redesign the old cinema. Also included will be Chris Lamb (Chief Exec. of Kent Architecture) and Michael Westlake (a Tunbridge Wells based Architect), the latter being behind the ‘So Create a Difference’ scheme.
Both local Architects and residents are welcome to contribute, the conclusion of which will be available in book form and available for purchase.
The debate takes place at the Trinity Theatre on the 26th June 2013, tickets are available on line at www.lovearchitecture.org.
On 20 September 2012 the council’s cabinet took the decision to introduce charges for pre-application planning enquiries.
Charges are to be introduced today (Monday 1 April 2013), in line with a scale of fees agreed by the cabinet.
The council has prepared a Pre-Application Planning Advice Service Guidance Note to assist anyone who might want planning advice prior to submitting a formal planning application. The Guidance Note explains what the council will provide as part of the service, the benefits of pre-application advice, fees and charges, how the pre-application advice service will work and what the applicant / customer will need to provide in order for the council to be able to deal with the enquiry. All pre-application enquiries should be submitted on a Pre-Application Advice Request Form.
By post (No meeting):
Small Household: £25 per letter (house extensions, etc.)
Minor applications: £75 per letter (1-9 dwellings or changes of less than 1000 sq. m.)
Major applications: £250 per letter (10 or more dwellings or change of 1000 sq. m. or more)
Meetings (with letter):
Small Household: £50 (for a 20minute meeting)
Minor applications: £150 (for a 30minute meeting)
Major applications: £450 per hour
Although we hear very little about individuals having the finances for owning a property, but not finding a house to live in, the government is pressurising its districts and boroughs to increase housing densities. Here are the intentions based on a ‘Core Strategy’ document created in 2010:
Proposed 4,500 new homes, with 2,055 built or planned*
Approx. 2,400 new homes with supported infrastructure (schools, open spaces, etc.)
Approx. 44,500 sqm additional retail floorspace.
Area changes for mixed use development.
Maintaining Key Employment Areas and promote business growth.
Increase opportunities for non-employment related activities (leisure, recreation, etc.)