Friday, 6 June 2008


Planning - just the word makes our shoulders slope and make involuntary groaning noises...but somehow we've inflicted this process on ourselves for the second time in a year.

Having gone through this trauma once, we got to the end of the process, stood back and discovered that in the process we had been so diverted from our original desire that the end result was unrecognisable - which, quite frankly is a surprise given that we both know our minds and know how to present ideas to other people. 
It's just that in the pit of sticky goo of hiring Architects, Engineers and the influence of a planning officer who has their own's very easy to be pushed and shoved in a rather different direction.

We got our planning approved.... then felt huge sadness, that we had ended up with something so compromised, that building something so flawed would irritate us for ever more. 

So, we took a deep breath, re-grouped, re-designed, re-drew. 
Having put our revised application in, we sit back, exhausted, and hope that we are lucky enough to have our plans approved again - this time without all the enforced compromises from planning, and building regs.

By the end of the Summer we will discover if our green dream is possible. Here's hoping!


jenontheedge said...

Wow, it really takes a while to go through the approval process?!

I think I've told you that it's three weeks maximum in my town, unless it's a historic district, which can take a little longer.

Hopefully this time you'll get what you want and not have to compromise

blackbird said...

We waited many weeks for permits - and that was after scrapping our original plans and re-drawing...

Hen said...

Oh Jen, I do hope so!

Blackbird - glad someone else has 'been there' too!

Two Crofters said...

we were really lucky with planning as Stephen is a chartered engineer who worked for the council in the planning department for a few years.

good luck with yours - we have got our fingers crossed for you x
t x
as soon as stephen has a chance he will email you with some underfloor heating guidance :)