A well-planned air conditioning system is a fantastic way to improve comfort, indoor climate and indoor air quality, but many do not realise that their installation can be subject to a rigorous planning permission process.
These are sometimes challenging and time-consuming to navigate alone. If air conditioning is integral to your project, being held up by planning applications can cause frustrating delays.
Calibre are multi-disciplinary specialists providing Consultancy, Installation and Aftercare for Indoor Climate systems within luxury properties. Our unique planning application consultancy service can support you throughout your project and ensure you get the best air conditioning solution for your property.
Most properties with air conditioning require external condensers to reject the unwanted heat into the atmosphere. In the majority of cases, planning permission is required for the installation of condensers as they are deemed to be ‘development’ under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
Obtaining planning permission is not always easy as the visual impact of the condensers and the noise generated by them are often an issue in planning terms.
Planning applications can be complex, and usually a Noise Impact Assessment is required which includes a sound survey carried out by an acoustic specialist. There are other documents that may be required including Planning Statements, Design and Access Statements, Environmental Impact Statements, and so on.
This is a commonly held myth; the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development (England) Order 2015 only applies to air source heat pumps and expressly states ‘The air source heat pump must be used solely for heating purposes’.
Calibre have a wealth of experience and knowledge in supporting their clients applying for planning permission, and a high percentage of favourable planning decisions have been achieved as a result. Our experience will help determine if planning permission is likely to be required and if there is a realistic likelihood of obtaining planning permission.
We will provide support through the planning application process by advising on possibilities, providing the sound survey and reporting, and suggesting the best wording for your application.
Early engagement with Calibre is essential as the condenser options will largely dictate what indoor climate is achievable. Without clarity around this, it will be difficult to achieve the optimum integration of climate control within the overall design.
Our planning application consultancy service is split into four phases:
We also offer an Indoor Climate Consultancy package for projects that require a full design-and-build approach from initial client requirements to Technical pre-project Design. Our planning application facilitation often forms part of this wider package.Find out more
Conservation areas are often a consideration for London property projects, particularly renovation works. Where air conditioning is a requirement, there are a number of things to consider. What is a conservation area? Many of London’s residential areas are designated Conservation Areas. According to the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act of 1990, this is ‘an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance’. When an area is designated a conservation area by the local planning authorities, this tightens the restrictions around the development and changes to property in that Area. When a planning application is submitted in a conservation area, it undergoes rigorous scrutiny with significant focus on the […]Find out more