First Of Its Kind Planning Consultancy Will Set Industry Standards For Annexes

A new specialist consultancy, the National Annexe Providers Consultancy (NAPC), has been launched to raise and maintain standards in annexe construction across England and Wales.

The NAPC becomes the country’s first and only annexe, mobile home and garden room planning and development consultancy, working to ensure that the very highest standards of design, construction and delivery are adhered to across private and commercial projects.

An independent organisation, the NAPC offers a wealth of experience in the annexe and garden room sector and will work across England and Wales.

Its mark will appear on documents and marketing associated with suppliers, operators and organisations to provide a reassurance of quality and best practice.

The NAPC will be headed up by industry expert Oliver Wright. Having worked in this niche sector for over 15 years, including for a national planning consultancy, he has gained an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the planning and development process for garden rooms and annexes, resulting in an unparalleled planning application success rate.

Wright said: “I am proud to be leading the launch and operation of the NAPC, which will work with private and commercial operators in areas including project feasibility, planning application, lawful development, planning appeals and enforcement.

“By ensuring that consumers are informed of the potential risks and pitfalls involved in annexe and garden room building, we can help homeowners identify and avoid disreputable or inexperienced practitioners and tradespeople.

“We provide a supportive, expert service to homeowners seeking to secure planning permission for their annexe projects, and with businesses that provide annexes or other types of garden rooms to the public.

“We offer clear, professional advice and our nationwide service will provide a complete range of building control services, from background, research and drawings, through to applications, submissions and outcomes.”

The NAPC’s complete suite of services includes:

  • Background – Taking the time to understand your goals and drawing on the NAPC’s expertise to develop the best approach to realise your project
  • Research – The first stage is to conduct a site appraisal to determine design concepts, planning strategy and what the chances of a successful application are
  • Drawings – Either draw up the required plans for you – feeding in planning research and advice on designs – or working with your preferred draughtsman or architect.
  • Planning application – Taking time to prepare a quality planning application which includes a comprehensive planning statement justifying why the proposal is policy compliant
  • Submission – Post submission, the work continues in monitoring responses and negotiating with the case officer, including guiding you through any changes that might be required
  • Outcome – Advice on any conditions and next steps should planning permission be refused, including re-designs and handling of appeals