Design & Planning Services

Creative Contracts Ltd team have two objectives:-

  • To design what you actually want
  • To ensure that you get permission to build what you want


Creative Contracts Ltd recognise that getting the design that actually fits what you want, in terms of look and cost, can be an expensive challenge. Getting a design that fits what you want, in terms of look and cost that then passes through local authority planning and building control can be an even more expensive mistake if you get it wrong.

Our objective is to ensure your designer does not design a hotel when you want a home, a palace when you want a pad or a spaceship when you asked for something futuristic.

Our team will work with you and the local authority at the conception stage, before full drawings are commissioned and submitted, to ensure that planning hurdles, design flaws and any misconceptions between your vision and the completed drawings are addressed at an early stage.


Creative Contracts Ltd understand that gaining planning permission can be a frustrating and lengthy process, particularly where your project is ambitious in design or where local authority or government policies present a challenge.

Building Control

Following obtaining planning permission, in most cases the next stage is to obtain building regulation approval from your local Building control office:-

This can be done in two ways:-

1.       A Building Notice

In this case, Plans are not required with this process so it’s quicker and less detailed than the full plans application. It is designed to enable some types of building work to get under way quickly; although it is perhaps best suited to small work.
A ‘building notice’ is valid for three years from the date the notice was given to the local authority, after which it will automatically lapse if the building work has not commenced.

2.       Full Plan submission

Under this method, plans showing all detailed parts of the proposed building or extension are submitted to the local Building Control office for consideration. These are examined by the District Building Surveyor and when found to be in compliance with the requirements of the regulations, or amended to bring them into compliance, an official approval notice is issued.

Benefits of following this route:

  • If the work is carried out strictly in accordance with the plans that have been approved, only minor contraventions, which can be easily corrected, should occur on site.

In both cases our team is here to help obtain this approval for your project before the works start onsite.