27th April 2016
It is proving to be a very busy year so far and lead-times are increasing with the amount of new enquiries and commissions.
Please note the new email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
20th December 2015
Happy Christmas to all. Another busy year for the practice and 2016 is promising to be again. Best wishes for the New Year and looking forward to a smoother planning process now the new Council systems have bedded in.
10th November 2015
Busy few weeks with trips to Italy including the 2015 Venice Biennale Art and Architecture exhibitions around the city together with visits to Brescia, Mantova and Lake Iseo.
28th September 2015
Clients delighted to be granted Listed Building and Planning Consent for a crisp contemporary extension to their Grade II listed house in Hampstead where, over several years, a number of previous practices had failed to find a solution.
20th September 2015
Fantastic to involved with Kingsbridge Heritage Group. Some exciting projects in and around the town that will celebrate and reinvigorate some of the quality heritage assets we have.
13th May 2015
Delighted to secure Listed Building and Planning Consent with Pam Wilcox for a substantial contemporary extension to the Great Barn wedding venue at the award winning Shilstone near Modbury together with stylish overnight guest accommodation in a barn setting in another location on the estate.
7th April 2015
Summer is again on our doorstep and delighted to have been involved with construction phase supplementary planning and working drawings for Underbecks - the Sunday Times 'coolest holiday home in britain' voted 67 in the top 100 sumer holidays for 2008 - Read more >>>
31st March 2015
Crisis management takes on a wholly new level at one of our LPA's..
Patience is appreciated as Government cuts and redundancies are now crippling South Hams District Council Planning Service with decisions being significantly delayed and free pre-application enquiries being suspended for the foreseeable future. Transitional arrangements and fees apply to all current Pre-applications, a process that forms an essential part of Governments 'simplified' policy guidance.
25th February 2015
The Local Authority Building Control Technical Update in Torquay raises more interesting issues in terms of new housing performance and energy efficiency. The practice has been ahead of the game for some years with affordable and simple solutions to Governments climate change commitments.
26th January 2015
Government announces removal of affordable homes contributions on housing sites of 5 or less in protected rural areas...
1st January 2015
Wishing all past, current and prospective new clients a very happy and prosperous 2015.
13th October 2014
Please be aware that Planning Departments are now updating the information required to be submitted as part of all planning applications. Failure to provide the required level of detail will almost certainly cause delays if not outright rejection - click to see the new SHDC VALIDATION CHECKLIST
26th August 2014
I received a call from a delighted client this morning advising that the company who undertook the Air Pressure Test as part of the Building Regulation compliance process has reported its best ever result for a 250m2 house. Ultra low air leakage equals ultra low heating bills!
22nd April 2014
As from the 6th April 2014 there are new permitted development opportunities to change the use of an agricultural building to a residential dwelling under Class MB provided the site is not in a National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty [ click to view AONB map of the South Hams]- a change in policy that is limited to a modest portion of the South Hams - read more...
19th February 2014
Please note the changes to the Building Regulations in terms of insulation levels. We will be back to the elemental approach for walls, floors and roofs as it was in the old days... Clients can register their new house projects in advance of the changes through the LABC scheme to take advantage of the transitional arrangements before the requirements come into force in April 2015.
15th December 2013
Best wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year - still feels like October and hoping we move seamlessly straight into spring....
8th October 2013
The practice secures Scheduled Ancient Monument Consent from English Heritage for the conversion of a local barn to tourist accommodation based on minimal intervention on this historic site.
9th August 2013
A breath of fresh air?
Possible planning relaxations to assist growth in town centres and rural areas are now out for consultation. These will not apply in Designated Areas such as AONBs or Conservation Areas and will be the subject of prior approval. What this means for barns or agricultural buildings in locations previously described as unsustainable remains to be seen.....read more.
4th June 2013
Entering into the 15th year of the practice ~ huge thanks to all past & current clients and of course my fantastic repeat clients, who continue to underpin the practice and return time after time with their new projects and opportunities.
10th May 2013
New larger extensions scheme and neighbour consultation comes into force on 30th May 2013 for a period of 3 years. Size limits will double but with prior notification to the Local Authority. To benefit from this scheme, all works must be completed by 30th May 2016 - Please note restrictions apply in designated areas such as AONBs.
23rd March 2013
Under the Localism banner Eden District Council ratifies a very sensible Neighbourhood Plan that could [and should?] be the model for all rural District Councils where housing for local needs is at acute levels....
21st December 2012
A very happy Christmas to all past, current and future clients and best wishes for the New Year...
20th November 2012
Government increases planning application fees by 15% on Thursday 22nd November 2012.....
5th November 2012
Delighted to announce that the practice is now a designated 'Smarter Planning Champion' and meets Government requirements for best practice in online planning and listed building applications. The scheme allows Local Authorities to fastrack client applications through the validation and registration process.
2nd November 2012
Pleased to report that the latest new house to be completed achieves another highly energy efficient SAP rating - the client advises that 'the house is really warm and the heating is not on yet...' - very welcome following the latest hike in energy prices adding on average another £100+ to annual bills. The house is also 35% quieter than the minimum national regulatory standard.
22nd October 2012
The practice takes the plunge and now has a Facebook presence for those that cannot survive without a mobile phone - hope you like it....
1st June 2012
Delighted to be entering the 14th year of the practice - a huge thank you to all valued past and current clients and especially those that have continued to commission the practice with their projects since 1999. Very much looking forward to meeting and assisting new clients in the coming year.
24th May 2012
The practice wins planning consent at appeal for the erection of a single detached dwelling in Kingsbridge for a hardworking local family. This decision overturns previous planning refusals and a dismissed planning appeal with the practice overcoming the core issues of the impact on highways safety and traffic generation.
12th May 2012
With the support of Loddiswell Parish Council, the practice is delighted to win planning consent for a new dwelling for a young local farming family. The house is styled in a low profile contemporary manner to reflect it's sensitive rural location.
21st March 2012
NEWS FLASH - Fiscal tightening, Listed Buildings and the Budget - as from 1st October 2012 the zero rating of VAT on construction services and materials when altering a listed building will be removed, with significant consequences for those clients undertaking or considering LB projects.
17th March 2012
With the support of the Parish Council and local residents, we are delighted to win planning consent for a young local family to allow them to return and set up home in their family village of Noss Mayo. Compliant with Sustainable Homes Code 4+, the house is a contemporary styled building, which compliments the surrounding properties.
12th December 2011
Best wishes to all our valued current and prospective clients for Christmas and the New Year from Alex, Sue and all at Pandora Cottage
21st October 2011
The practice wins planning consent for a substantial linked extension to provide 6 new double letting suites and facilities for the less mobile at the California Country Inn, located on one of the main gateways to the stunning South Hams coastline.
13 October 2011
Thin end of the wedge or a positive move?
The Governments recently published Draft National Policy Framework has proved to be controversial, if not incendiary to some. It is an interesting document but not the declaration of an open season in the countryside in terms of development that has been suggested.....
24 August 2011
Alex P Gath wins planning consent at appeal for a contemporary scheme on a period building within the Yealmpton Conservation Area - the Planning Inspectorate conclude that 'such a design approach would strike an appropriate balance whilst providing a high quality design solution that would enliven the streetscene'.
18 May 2011
Have a few minutes to spare out of office hours?
Please visit the Client Login page with links to Local Authority planning departments in the region ~ you can now verify the status of your planning applications online at anytime.
25 February 2011
Planning for a greener future......
Following the submission of all planning and building regulation applications on-line for sometime, the practice has earned Government recognition of it's commitment to sustainability and reducing carbon emissions through the Planning Portal Carbon Pledge Initiative.
29 January 2011
Alex attends the Cite de l'architecture exhibition at the Trocadero in Paris. Typically, the UK is playing 'catch-up' in terms of 'contemporary' residential architectural solutions when the French have been at it since the 1920's - the trend du jour..... hmmm.
17 January 2011
Alex P Gath Ltd has been formally accepted as a Member of the Local Authority Building Control Partnership, a relationship which will benefit current and new clients in all matters relating to Building Regulation compliance.
13 January 2011
A Happy New Year 'Off-Grid'!
Taking advantage of the Governments Electricity Feed In Tarriff, Alex wins consent for a local client to install an 11m x 3m photovoltaic array adjacent to their Grade II listed building
21 December 2010
Alex & family and of course, Sue wish all past, current and future clients our very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year ~ see you all on Tuesday the 4th of January 2011
23 November 2010
Website goes live – hosted by JB Gath - thanks to all at Spoton for such outstanding work.
26 October 2010
Alex attends Seminar on Parts F, J and crucially L of the Building Regulations hosted by Devon Building Control Partnership at Teignbridge DC offices.
09 October 2010
New website coming soon….
01 October 2010
Please note the new Building Regulations come into effect from today with even more emphasis on the conservation of Fuel, Heat and Power.
06 May 2010
Alex P Gath becomes incorporated to form Alex P Gath Ltd.
05 December 2009
All past and existing clients please note that we have moved to a central location in Kingsbridge – a little further away from the residents pontoon on the quay but hey ho….
06 July 2009
Alex attends CDM Seminar clarifying Designers responsibilities on all projects – hosted by Paul Carpenter Associates of Kingsbridge.
01 June 2009
Alex P Gath is celebrating 10 years in private practice.