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This is a follow up to my blog last month about Permitted Development. This time I am looking at extensions.

Extensions – Permitted Development:


As you may be aware, there are certain developments that you can carry out on your home that do not require planning consent.

General Development Planning Orders (GDPOs) give implied planning consent for certain classes of development. Different rules apply in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

There are strict criteria that apply to Permitted Development and it is advisable to take professional advice or check with your local authority that the work you plan is permitted. These days many local authorities offer a consultancy service for a small fee.


If you want to set about converting a residential home from a building originally intended for an entirely different purpose, then there are a number of problems to be considered and overcome. The results, however, can be stunningly beautiful.

I am talking about converting buildings such as barns, churches, schools or commercial buildings here. One crucial step is to obtain the detailed planning permission for your project. You cannot just assume that you will be allowed to convert an old barn, for example. Other factors that need to be considered are whether the building is listed or within a conservation area.


Britain’s construction industry eased back during March as housebuilding dropped off. However, the sector was boosted by an increase in commercial and civil engineering activity.

South West Business reported that Tim Moore, senior economist at HIS Markit, was concerned about the construction industry falling victim to a general cooling down of the UK housing market.


I was pleased to see that transport infrastructure in the Midlands was given a financial boost in the recent Budget.  The area will receive some £23 million to improve conditions.

The main thrust of Chancellor Philip Hammond’s speech was to improve the UK’s productivity growth.  He sees this as the only sustainable way to raise our current living standards.  Productivity is currently below the G7 average.


I am pleased to announce that Regency Contracting have passed an independent inspection of our work carried out by the British Board of Agrèment on behalf of the Federation of Master Builders.

Now the first question you are going to ask is am I sure I have the spelling right for “Agrèment”. The second will be what does that mean?


Some will say that engineering isn’t a laughing matter but I’m not sure they are right. To support my claim seven engineers recently took to the stage at a London venue and put on an engineering themed evening of comedy.

The show was called Engineering Showoff and was part of the Science Showoff initiative. It is sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering and has seen over 500 people take to the stage in the last four years to promote and communicate science in a variety of different ways.


I was interested to learn that construction work has begun on what will be the tallest dam in the world.

Situated on the Varkesh River in Tajikistan, the dam will be 335m high and is part of the Rogun hydropower project (HPP). When it is complete it will double the power production in the country.