Paper Prints & The Environment


Here at Clive Elsdon Building Design we care a lot about the environment and about keeping our fees as low as possible.  This means that we produce Paper Prints as little as possible.

Planning & Building Regulations

All our Planning Applications are made digitally via the Planning Portal Website  and our Building Regulation Submissions are made either digitally to the relevant Local Authority via the Submit-a-Plan Website  or by email direct to an Approved Inspector such as JHAI Ltd or Green Door  (for example).


We also supply all our Structural Engineers, Ecology Consultants, Surveyors etc. with drawings either as AutoCAD DWG files (right up to the AutoCAD 2015 release) or in PDF format. The same goes for other documents, all of which we supply digitally.


As with Planning Departments, Building Control or our Consultants, we supply our Clients with Digital Versions of documents, usually via email and usually in PDF format. In 99% of cases this seems acceptable and we have had very few clients over the past three years who have not been able to accept digital versions of drawings or documents in one form or another.

Large Format Paper Prints

Like most architectural businesses our size, the requirement for large format paper prints is small and it would be uneconomical to have in house facilities to print anything over A3. This means that A1 and A0 prints have to be sent out to specialist reprographic firms, of which there are few and far between in the area we are based.  The nearest firms (that we know of) are in Newcastle and Darlington.

So why use A1 & A0 size drawings?

After the Planning Stage it is difficult to fit the detail required onto an A4 or A3 drawing, so invariably an A1 or even an A0 size drawing is needed for a Building Regulation or Construction Stage Drawing. On larger projects, these sizes of drawings are needed at earlier stages.

Can we supply paper prints?

Yes.  We understand that in some circumstances it’s the only way, but printing costs! It is a true fact of life.  It costs if we do it in house, it costs if we have to send it out to a specialist supplier. It costs no matter what the size, A4, A3, A2, A1 or A0.  It costs financially and it costs the environment!

To help the environment as well as keep our fee quotes as low as possible we normally exclude the cost of paper prints.  Of course, if we feel that we have to print them for a meeting for example, we will do. However, unless we have clearly stated otherwise, any paper prints that are requested by clients, consultants, builders etc.are all a chargeable extra. Who the charge is made to will depend on the agreement with the client at the beginning of the project or when the situation first arises.

How Much?

Printing costs vary depending on the size and quantity of drawings and the number of prints required from each one.  There is also the delivery costs involved. In particular A1 or A0 Drawing’s usually have to be posted to us for distribution.

A single A1 print is likely to cost about £2.16 + P&P / Delivery .  If there were multiples of the same drawing or multiple drawings there may be a saving on the unit price.  (Price for A1 print correct as of 30th April 2014. Price may vary.) Smaller drawings, especially those we can print in house will be cheaper, a larger A0 drawing will obviously be more expensive.

Think Before You Print.

You often see that on the bottom of an Email.  We think that you have to think even harder before printing or requesting a print of a large format drawing.  We know most of our clients and regular consultants agree.


Permitted Development & Prior Notification.

Prior Notification

We are just submitting our first “Prior Notification” notice. These are for “Large Domestic Extensions” which fall outside of the normal Permitted Development Rights but which fall inside a temporary relaxation that will be in place until 30th May 2016.

Permitted Development

Permitted Development” describes a development which can be carried out without applying for Planning Permission.

The Planning Portal describes the current relaxation which has increased the scope of what can be done under permitted development rights as; “Single-storey rear extension must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house* by more than three metres if an attached house or by four metres if a detached house. In addition, outside Article 1(5) designated land* and Sites of Special Scientific Interest the limit is increased to 6m if an attached house and 8m if a detached house until 30 May 2016. These increased limits (between 3m and 6m and between 4m and 8m respectively) are subject to the neighbour consultation scheme. “

Neighbour Consultation Scheme

In order to comply, the homeowner or their agent must complete a “Prior Notification” form which asks the basic information normally asked on a planning application form  and submit it to the Local Authority Planning Department along with a Location Plan showing the area of the site.


In addition we would almost always recommend that a set of plans & elevations are  submitted with the form to show the dimensions and character of the extension.  This is to prove that the development does fit in with the Permitted Development Right described above and complies with other relevant criteria, such as overall height, eaves height, materials and percentage of original land developed etc.


To find out more about Permitted Development Rights for Domestic Extensions visit the planning portals page on extensions: Permitted Developmet Rights – Extensions

Guidance outlining the Neighbour Consultation Scheme in more detail can be found here: Neighbour Consultation Scheme

Prior Notification Form

If you appoint us to design your extension for you, as your agent we complete the Prior Notification Form as well, just as we would also handle a Planning Application. However, if you’re trying to go it alone, here is a link to a form you can complete then print off yourself: Large Domestic Extension Prior Notification Form

Need a helping hand?

Clive Elsdon Building Design would be pleased to be involved with your project, whether it falls within the usual permitted development rights, within the relaxed permitted development rights or requires a full planning approval. Within DL & DH postcodes, and sometimes other areas, we will meet you at the site to discuss your project and look at the feasibility of it FREE of charge. Call us on 01388 526641 or drop an email to design at cliveelsdon dot co dot uk (replacing “at” and “dot” with the appropriate symbols) to discuss this further.

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via Planning Portal News

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