With the industry having had several touch and go years since building work ground to a halt off the back of the credit crunch and property prices falling, I am glad to report that in Exmouth, Exeter and East Devon it would appear we are turning a corner. I have never been so busy and when I speak to builders, planning officers, building control officers and engineers - everyone seems to be at full capacity. This is great news and I hope that it is sustained. If you wish to undertake a project on your property this does mean that advanced planning is necessary...

Following on from my previous explanatory blog there is still no conclusive decision but it sounds like something relating to relaxation of Permitted Development for rear extensions is going to get through Parliament soon. If I were Mr Pickles I'd settle for 4 metres rear extension on an attached house and 5 or 6 metres for a detached house. It is worth remembering that all it will mean is that if you require larger than Permitted Development allows a planning application must be submitted to the Local Authority, it does not meant that anything larger will be automatically refused. I often attain permission for attached properties with rear extensions of 4 metres plus. As soon as news breaks I shall update this blog.

With 2013 in full swing and the days lengthening again, it's great that the applications submitted before Christmas are now coming back with Planning Permission. ArchitEXE have acheived some fantastic and diverse permissions this month including a...



  • "Despite an uphill struggle with the planners, we persevered and have a fantastic home to show for it, thanks for all your help"

  • "I honestly thought we would have more trouble in planning, but nothing, thank you very much, it looks great!"

  • "Fantastic work, thank you. You made the application seem a doddle!"

    AlanN. Cornwall
  • "Thank you so much for your hard work, support and perseverance! We really do appreciate your determination and professionalism which has, in no doubt, ensured the success of the planning application."

  • "Clear detailed plans from start to finish, extension looks superb, Thank you"


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