2 successful planning permissions on Protected Structures

We’ve received notification on two successful planning applications where Mark Stephens Architects were appointed to prepare conservation reports on the protected structures (Listed if they were in UK); both undertaken for Eugene O’Neill Architects (we are more than happy to Read More …

This #advice is so important I’ve updated it and included it again…

This is something that comes up again and again and again. Following a lengthy design process and planning permission is obtained or an Exempted Development design is proposed. The client makes changes to the design and doesn’t obtain a new Read More …

My favourite drawing – you can’t beat a good site layout

You’d be surprised to hear that it’s not the plans, sections and elevations that get my heart a flutter – although very important and they need to communicate the design. My favourite drawing is the site layout. Why? I’m always Read More …

Our Conservation Reports now available as an online purchase…

As a continuation of our services that are bookable and payable online, namely: THE INITIAL CONSULTATION THE HOUSE EXTENSION/REMODEL SERVICE THE LARGER PROJECTS/NEW HOUSE SKETCH DESIGN SERVICE THE 3 HOURS FOR ANYTHING YOU LIKE SERVICE We are pleased to now Read More …

Do you need planning permission for changing windows?

This is omething I’m asked on a fairly frequent basis, what are the guidelines if you’re doing work around the house and you’re thinking of altering windows – is planning permission required? The Department of Environment and Local Government has Read More …

Withdraw, Reject or Appeal? #Ireland #Planning

This planning conundrum comes up very frequently and it occurs when you’ve exhausted the Further Information route and the planning permission looks as if it’s going to get rejected. Obtaining planning is getting harder – not easier and has generally Read More …

“This design is perfect and I don’t want to change it!” – You know it could get better! #Planning #Clients

Don’t get fixed on the design This is something that happens a lot. This is how it goes: 1. I analyse the clients brief, site topography and other constraints 2. I produce a design 3. The client loves it 4. Read More …

Planning Permission Granted on this split level new house in County Roscommon

Roscommon Planning Permission Granted We’ve just received the Final Grant of Planning Permission for this split level new house in County Roscommon: Following a tricky amount of Further Information requests from the Council, where we provided a lot of landscaping Read More …

The benefits of a pre-planning application

I’ve extolled the benefits of engaging early and well concerning planning applications and you can read Planning Tip #8 specifically on this topic HERE. And you can see what Mayo County Council has to say about pre-planning HERE We’ve recently Read More …

Did you know that we can also help with landscape and garden design? #Vectorworks

We are frequently asked to create landscaping plans for planning applications (see below for typical sample): Normally we have undertaken this service in conjunction with local nurseries where we work with them in the specification of indigenous plants, trees and Read More …