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Reminder: Planning Needed for Small HMOs in Birmingham from June 2020

Further to our earlier articles on this topic, in light of the potential implications of the current pandemic, we have checked again with Birmingham City Council whether the proposed new city-wide Article 4 Direction is still going ahead. We have received confirmation that no changes are proposed, and it will come into force on Monday 8th June 2020. This will mean that the current permitted development right to change the use of family dwelling houses to small Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) that can accommodate up to six people without requiring planning permission will be removed. The proposed ‘Article 4 Direction’ will cover the whole of the City and means that a planning application

Approval of Barn Conversion to Holiday Lets

We were delighted to receive the approval from Stratford-on-Avon Council for the conversion of a barn to four holiday lets in the Warwickshire countryside, not least for our client but also as an achievement for both our architectural and planning teams working together. The scheme was designed by our in-house architectural team and involved the change of use of the portal framed metal clad agricultural barn into four self-contained two-storey holiday accommodation units, each with parking and garden amenity area, and carefully designed to retain the agricultural character of the former farm complex. The application was complicated by the planning history of the adjacent brick barns which be

NEW Permitted Development for Takeaways

With effect from 10am Tuesday 24 March 2020, in response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Government have introduced time-limited permitted development rights to allow the temporary change of use of a pub (A4 - drinking establishment) and a restaurant (A3 – restaurants and cafes) to a hot-food take away (A5 use class) for a period of up to 12 months. The permitted change of use also seeks to cover cold and pre-prepared food and will allow for takeaway and delivery. For the duration of the time a pub, restaurant or café is used as a takeaway, it will remain in its current use class and after the 12 months temporary permitted development right period has expired, planning permission would be nece

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Important Message (updated 24/03/20)

In response to the spread of Coronavirus, Tyler Parkes has put measures in place to protect the health and well-being of our staff and their families, and our clients and visitors, whilst fully maintaining business continuity. Our aim is to continue to provide you with the same high-quality professional planning and architectural service. From Monday 23 March 2020, the Tyler Parkes team will be working from home, in line with current Government advice. This is something which many of our team are already accustomed to. We are confident our IT and remote working capabilities will allow us to continue to provide the level of service you expect from us. We will continue to operate during our no

Cut Your Energy Bills by 90% - Let Us Build You a Passive House!

We are very proud to announce our Head of Architecture, Seb Kouyoumjian (already a chartered architect), qualified as a certified Passive House designer at the end of February. But what does that mean for our clients? Passive House is a building standard about 90% more energy-efficient than current Building Regulations. As Building Regulations set only the minimum requirements for a building’s performance to comply with the law, a home built (or renovated) to Passive House standard means a huge reduction in energy bills compared to regular new-build housing. So how does a Passive House achieve a 90% reduction in bills? By doing the following: Increasing the amount of insulation wrapping the

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