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Successful planning applications for many projects - the first step in building dream homes

Years of experience in planning applications that local authorities pass

“Nothing can be built until the planning is right. We spend a lot of time talking and listening, asking questions and finding out how our clients live, to re-work existing planning applications, or design from scratch – so that the home we build is exactly what our clients want and need for their lifestyle and family.”
Trevor Weeks, Managing Director

We have a high level of expertise in planning applications and deep understanding of local authority requirements when it comes to barn conversions, new builds and the extension and alteration of existing homes.

We are seasoned in working across heritage, conservation and AONB contexts, sensitive to what’s needed to balance preservation and the needs of a modern home.

Once planning is complete, we enjoy seeing those plans through to completion with you, becoming your build partner for every brick, window and interior fit-out, right through to handing you the keys – a moment we never forget!


We know that when you start to think about your new home, there are so many decisions to make and questions to answer and that is why we use state-of-the-art software to give our clients the best information, views and control of their design.


We use Matterport when we visit a site to take every measurement we need – often without even getting out a tape measure! This digital scanning creates a digital twin of the existing house or building which we can then use as a basis for concept designs and space planning.

Surveying time is significantly cut down whilst at the same time, producing more valuable and useable information and data. Revisits to site also become unnecessary – all we have recorded is what we need to know and can be accessed remotely wherever and whenever.

3D Design

Enscape is our live, 3D rendering software which our clients really do enjoy seeing on the big TV in our planning room. For clients, they can take a virtual walkthrough inside and out, to see how their design looks, flows and feels. It’s a great way to discover things that aren’t quite right early on – avoiding costly and time-consuming on-site changes and revisions.

We can make small design changes during the walkthrough showing how they would affect the space. For us, our 3D design software allows us to provide accurate and early costings which are clear for everyone. In addition, our seamless design process helps us to spot and resolve those small details which often hold things up later on. This level of detail allows a smoother handover from design to construction stage and with any issues, queries, concerns or problems already overcome, the build stage can gather swift momentum.

Get in touch to walk around your new home before it’s even built…

New planning permission

We really enjoy working with our clients from the beginning of their home building dream, enabling that vision to be fulfilled through carefully developed designs.

Our expertise will save you time and money – we are adept at devising planning designs that meet the local authority criteria; but which don’t compromise on your vision.

“The planned basement was the most expensive part of the build from the previous architect’s designs, so Vernacular suggested scrapping that idea and going up into the roof instead, and so they changed the design and planning for us. They gave us lots of choices and great advice. We always felt reassured by them and that we were being given direction and help.”

Existing planning permission

You may have an existing planning permission with your home – it might be yours from a while ago or it may have been inherited with the property. It might not be quite what you want, so we can work with you to develop those designs to better meet your brief and improve on the consent you already have.

Replacement dwelling design and planning

Local authorities support replacement dwellings and for many clients, they are a better solution than refurbishing an inadequate existing building. Replacement dwellings allows us to build a home which works much better than any refurbishment could hope to achieve, arriving at a modern, efficient and high quality home.

  • A better home can be built
  • A good increase in the size of the home is usually possible
  • Layout can better suit your needs
  • Efficiency improved
  • Sustainability achieved
  • A more reliable home – all will be new

We work across heritage, conservation areas and AONB locations – understanding the requirements of what will be needed for the planning application and providing that extra level of thought and consideration.

Failed planning permission

Sometimes, a little more understanding of local authority planning policy and together with imaginative design solutions are needed to see your plans passed and see you ready to start building.

We’ve worked with many clients to revise and develop failed applications to breathe life back into them and achieve the desired result without significant compromises.

We work accurately and honestly – we’ll be up front with you on the planning prospects of a scheme.

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