Making your Home more Accessible
There are a large number of development options available that can improve accessibility in your home. These can include ramps, lifts, granny annexes, new driveways, vehicular crossovers, hand rails and ground floor extensions. Conversions of garages into granny annexes, ground floor extensions and vehicular crossovers have the dual benefit of both improving accessibility and adding value to your property. As part of our service, we will discuss your mobility needs and aspirations, and let you know what we think is feasible, with a series of professional recommendations, although the choice is always yours.
Many of these types of works would not necessarily require planning permission, either because they are not deemed to be development, or they fall within permitted development, and therefore do not require planning permission. However, some of these works may require permission; especially those which involve external development (i.e. outside the interior of the house). In such instances, Local Planning Authorities will not necessarily be supportive of such schemes, even though there may be a pressing accessibility need. If such developments are deemed to be harmful to the neighbours' residential amenities and/or the character and appearance of the area, then they are likely to be refused. This is particularly common where trees of amenity value and heritage assets (such as Conservation Areas, Locally and Statutory Listed Buildings) would be harmed.
Vitality Planning and Design has considerable experience in dealing with such schemes. Our planning consultant has previously worked as a planning officer for four local Councils and during this time dealt with a larger number of accessibility related schemes, such as ground floor extensions, conversions of garages into granny annexes, new driveways, ramps and vehicular crossovers. We also have a dedicated disability consultant, who has previously advised a university and trade union on disability requirements and accessibility provision. With this knowledge, we can help develop a scheme that would enable a much higher quality of life for you, whilst minimising the impacts of the proposal on the area.
We also have expertise in saving you money, as proposals and works designed for access for the disabled are often eligible for various allowances and concessions. As a standard part of our service, we will pursue obtaining these benefits for you, and advise you of other non-planning related discounts that may be available. In this way, we hope to make the develop you need more affordable. If you think that we can help you, please contact us; we will be delighted to help you make the home you love more accessible.