2016 has been another year of growth and development for the company. Our increase in staff numbers in 2015 resulted in the company moving to larger premises in Vernon Gate in June.
Our architectural team have been trained in REVIT and we have new computers and software licences. We can now provide a full architectural service including planning, building regulations through to tendering the project and administering a Building Contract.
We are working on a wide variety of projects. Lindsay, our lead architect, is a conservation specialist and we have submitted a number of listed building applications as well as planning applications. Rural work continues to be important to the company with a rapid growth in Class Q barn conversions.
The company saw a rapid growth in business activity for the first half of the year. Following the BREXIT decision business slowed significantly in July and August but has picked up since with work levels returning to those experienced before the BREXIT decision.
The demand for housing in particular remains strong. Councils are gradually getting local plans in place and these will prevent more speculative housing developments as long as the 5 year housing supply in maintained. It should be noted that in South Derbyshire, despite adopting their local plan in July low building rates had led the council back to a lack of 5 year supply by the autumn leaving the door open to further speculative applications.
It should also be noted that the demand for good quality industrial and commercial buildings in west Derbyshire and East Staffs remains strong. Employment generation remains an important consideration for many types of council and employment uses can create a significant uplift in land values.
With the change in government following BREXIT elements of the Housing and Planning Bill have not been implemented. The proposals for starter homes to replace part of the affordable housing provision have not been implemented but self-build registers have been created and councils are under an obligation to find land for those who wish to try building or custom build their own homes.
Derbyshire Dales, Amber Valley, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover and South Derbyshire do not have a 5 year housing supply so any landowners in these areas with clean land next to towns or larger villages have the opportunity apply for planning permission. We would be happy to advise on any land and its suitability for development.
Following the Hibbitt decision on Class Q getting permission to convert modern agricultural buildings is getting more difficult. Only those buildings which are structurally sound and mostly enclosed can be considered. This restricts the buildings that can be considered and could make the end product less attractive to the market.
I would like to wish all our clients and suppliers season’s greetings and a prosperous 2017.
Christmas Opening Hours: We are closed from 12 noon on 23rd December until 9am Tuesday 3rd January 2017
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