Bungalow Extension -Permitted Development

Bungalow Extension -Permitted Development

Permitted Development rules allow for upward extensions without the need for planning permission. 

Most bungalows are nearly always detached; often sitting on large plots with the potential to benefit from Permitted Development. 

We attended a site visit to discuss the build possibilities for a small, single-story bungalow in Essex with a medium-sized roof and large outdoor area. 

This was the perfect property with the potential to renovate and extend under recent permitted development rules. 

Our talented team of RIBA Accredited Chartered Architects delighted the Homeowners with a fantastic design.  We proposed to extend the bungalow for a better ground floor internal flow with several large extensions that included a further 4 bedrooms upstairs.  

The design not only added incredible value and space to their home, but it was also all approved under Permitted Development.  

We were delighted to make Permitted Development rules work for our client and we are excited to see the finished project. 





Biodiversity – Protecting the Future of Tomorrow

Over the last 10 years, the UK has seen a significant rise in political focus on the environmental impact that building, and development can cause. 

The increase in housing is proven to have a powerful effect on the natural habitats of our wildlife, this has now been identified as one of the most important reasons behind the drive in biodiversity.   

At the end of 2018, the UK government set out legislation that required developers to ensure habitats for wildlife were enhanced and left in a measurably better state than they were pre-development as way to retain, protect and increase natural living species. 

Our 27-year relationship with Essex Wildlife Trust supports our ethos to recognise the importance of including design options that enhance habitats and ecosystems in response to the urgent demand for biodiversity, sustaining and increasing natural wildlife. 

MP Architects LLP has a team of highly experienced Architects that work with qualified Ecologists like Peter Harris at T4 Ecology.  Together we are dedicated to finding ways to incorporate spaces for wildlife to thrive in our design and build techniques. 

Our design approach supports the natural rise in threatened species by protecting and restoring ecosystems like hedgerows, water features and woodland areas. This attitude leads to securing habitat enhancements during and after a build process.  We will always endeavour to leave a natural environment better with more opportunities to thrive than it was before. 

In the case that this is not possible, we take into consideration the Biodiversity offsetting model, a building industry tool that enables the off-site creation, restoration, or enhancement of habitats as compensation for habitat and species loss resulting from a development. 

We recognise that this is a team effort for Architects, Ecologists, and Landscape Architects to protect the future of tomorrow that starts today. 

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Intelligent Living – A Home with a Brain!

It’s the 21st century and most of us have some element of smart living in our homes. However, it was almost inconceivable 20 years ago to think we would be accessing daily life through a smartphone or tablet.   Now, downloading ‘on demand’ TV like Netflix to a smart TV, keeping track of deliveries through our doorbell, or spying on a beloved pooch with a ‘petcam’ whilst out at work is just the norm. 

The latest figures and spending reports show that many of us are investing and upgrading our houses with extra control options for lighting, security systems, thermostats, and more to be better smart homes and more efficient. 

With technology in the home moving at such a pace our Architects are continually updating their knowledge with regular CPD’s and networking with some of the best in business. We know how essential it is to understand the importance of designing technology future-proofed dwellings and the inevitable move from ‘smart home’ to ‘intelligent home’. 

Whilst smart homes provide remote access and greater efficiency, Intelligent home systems aim to give the home a brain and help to make our houses more secure, comfortable, energy-efficient, observing how we live and work around us. 

The future of an intelligent home will have the ability to make complex decisions on the way we live by gathering information from our daily routines.  The intelligent home replicates human life and gives the dwelling a brain and the power to make informed choices. Your home will then make preconceived intelligent actions based on your living algorithms and lifestyle data. 

Envisage this…the alarm clock sounds at 6.30 am, your intelligent home knows exactly what time you need to be up for work, as you walk to the bathroom the shower is already running at your preferred temperature and the coffee machine is getting warmed up to brew your flat white, ready to drink at precisely 6.53 am. At 7.13 am you climb into your fully charged electric car that is totally defrosted, with your heated steering wheel and seat warmed up just nicely. This is quite possibly the future we could all be living, making our lives both easier, safer, and more efficient. 

Yes, it sounds like a technical minefield, but we understand the complexities and progress of home technology, the move from smart home to intelligent home and how it will work best for you now and the impending future. 

We look forward to hearing from you.






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Happy Easter

As we ease our way out of lockdown and on the road to our new normal, the long weekend could be a brilliant opportunity to spend a moment considering how make the most of the space you have or indeed putting a plan together for that long-awaited house project.

If you are considering a sizeable project, you may need a level of professional help.MP Architects LLP has a proven track record to support every aspect of your project.

We know that permitted development rules, pre apps, and planning applications can be daunting, however with our assistance, you can expect a simple, slick, and stress-free process.

We will assist you with our wealth of local authority knowledge, advising on what does and doesn’t need planning permission, along with any building regulations you may be facing.

Dependent upon your preference, budget, and timeframe our RIBA Accredited Chartered Architects offer partial support or a full ‘concept to completion service, managing on-site and covering all of the RIBA stages.

So, could a productive Easter weekend mean your home project can get started as soon as the chocolate eggs and hot cross buns have been devoured?! We look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Easter.

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Ecology – A paramount consideration for your next new build

When you are building a new home there is so much to consider. Forward thinking and planning for potential ecology issues is critical to prevent delays in achieving planning permission and the build schedule.  

UK Legislation protects the habitats of many species of animals including bats, badgers, breeding birds, water voles, great crested newts, otters, and more and nature dictates when an ecology report can take place.  

When building a new home an in-depth survey is required by the local planning department to ensure your project does not harm wildlife located nearby.

Our RIBA Accredited Chartered Architects work with some of the best in the ‘ecology reporting’ business to make sure you are aware of any constraints that may affect your project early on.  

Together with T4 Ecology we manage your ecological and environmental reporting requirements in a sophisticated and knowledgeable manner.The prompt identification of any ecological constraints ensures your project is not held up and if necessary, the appropriate mitigation is incorporated into the design process.

This partnership guarantees a clear understanding of Essex and surrounding areas planning requirements for practical ecological solutions to support your development project and help minimise any possible delays or unforeseen circumstances.

A good ecological survey identifies the habitats and/or species that exist within an area at the time of the survey.  Failing to undertake an ecology report for your project could mean you are exposed to legal action, long delays or even cancelation of building work.

Nature dictates when your survey can take place. September – October is the less favourable time to undertake ecology reporting. The optimum period for most surveys depends on the lifecycle and habitat of animal and nature subjects under consideration. Once a survey has taken place, the report is valid for 18 months.

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MP Architects LLP – your ‘change of use’ experts

MP Architects LLP are experts at ‘change of use’ development projects. Kate Murray, one of our established and talented Architects is managing this exciting project from concept to completion. The image showcases the work being undertaken to convert a dormant church into exciting new office space for the team @JollyLearning. Despite the pandemic, building progress has been brilliant and the final results are not too far away.

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Reduce the Risk – with our RIBA Accredited Practice

Most build projects, whatever size can be complex and carry some risk. The best way to reduce your risk exposure is by appointing a RIBA Accredited Chartered Architect practice.   

MP Architects are proud to have a 35 year association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the global professional membership body, driving excellence in architecture.   

Our RIBA Accredited Chartered Architect Practice and individual Architect memberships is your guarantee that we are a quality-assured practice, committed to excellence in design, insurance, health and safety, quality management systems, and outstanding customer service.   

The RIBA requires us to adhere to a stringent code of conduct that ensures high standards of professionalism, brilliant design and therefore protecting clients from a substandard Architectural service.   

•         It is mandatory that MP Architects LLP employs a required number of individual RIBA Chartered Architects  

•         You can be sure that MP Architects LLP holds the appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurances  

•         MP Architects LLP have non-negotiable comprehensive Health and Safety and Environmental policies in place  

•         The entire team at MP Architects LLP will conduct themselves in accordance with the RIBA Code of Practice, professionally and knowledgeably, that is appropriate to their status.  

All RIBA Accredited Architects undertake 7 years of rigorous, design-led education and training. This is a guarantee that a qualified RIBA Architect will add value to your project by providing impartial creative thinking, innovative and practical design, establishing ingenious kerb appeal coupled with economical construction methods.   

We believe each client deserves the best in Architectural design and service.  Our exceptionally talented team of Architects will listen to your needs and guarantee to meet your expectations.  

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Appealing ‘Good News’ for Homeowners

MP Architects LLP hit the ground running in 2021 with some great news.

Our client, a delighted homeowner from Chingford will now be able to build a first floor rear and side extension after plans were approved in early January through the ‘Appeal Process’.

The original planning application submitted to the London Borough of Waltham Forest Council was refused due to lack of information and the suggestion that the proposals were not in keeping with other properties in the street.

The extensive knowledge of the MP Architects LLP team meant that we were able to prove that the application was not an overdevelopment of the plot and that the project proposal was consistent with the surrounding properties.

The Appeal Inspector concluded …… “Under the National Planning Policy Framework, the proposal complies with no overbearing impact, the rear extension is in keeping with similar first-floor extensions on the street, would have no adverse effect on the character and appearance of the area nor the living conditions to surrounding neighbours.”

With the brilliant design and paperwork signed off, work on this property can now commence.

We are excited to see the finished project and passionate about supporting similar projects through planning, and if necessary the appeal process.

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Two Magic Words – Permission Granted!

Two Magic Words – Permission Granted!

Those powerful words…‘Prior Notification is required and is Granted’ have now become that little bit easier to achieve.

The recent announcement of ‘General Permitted Development Order’ (GPDO) new rules for permitted development has been hugely significant for some of our clients who have been stuck in a planning permission struggle with the local council.

The new rules permit the construction of up to two additional storeys to an existing two-storey dwelling or one additional storey, where the dwelling consists of one storey. 

Our first project to benefit under this new directive is a beautiful home in Ongar.  

Our client wanted to add an additional storey to their existing property to accommodate growing family needs and more living space.

After going through the original process and being denied planning permission, the introduction of the new rules has now fast tracked the prior approval and allowed their building work to be carried out without an official planning application.   

In theory, this all sounds simple but there are still some restrictions that need to be adhered to. Upwards extensions need to meet a tight criteria, considering height, natural light, neighbour privacy, and the desired construction method.

A permitted development application must be accompanied by scaled architectural drawings, outlining the property, and proposed development. Our team of knowledgeable Architects helped our client understand the PD rules and how to make them work.  We supplied technical and creative drawings to support the proposal that was then ‘Granted’ in record time. Construction is now underway, and we are really excited to see the finished project.

Please contact us to discuss the vision for your project and our highly skilled team will help you understand how to truly make the most of the new rules and your home.

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A message from MP Architects LLP.

Awe change our business set-up in response to another national lockdown, we want to reassure you that the health and safety of our staff and clients remains our top priority. 

Construction is permitted to continue and our team will strive to provide our clients with the best design and customer service they deserve. We wil ensure that video conference or conference calls are readily available to keep your build projects moving forward as quickly as possible.

Where on-site visits are necessary our staff will always wear a face covering and adhere to sanitisingand physical distancing rules, by keeping 2 metresapart. 

We are here to support you and are committed to working safely and responsibly with new and existing clients throughout the pandemic and beyond.  

Please contact us if you have any queries.

Stay healthy.

MP Architects LLP

MP Architects LLP, Great Bansons, Bansons Lane, Ongar, CM5 9AR

01277 364979



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