Preparation is critical to any build. We provide a
wide range of services to help your build go as smoothly as
possible. There are several key stages before you can start on
site, all of which we can help you with:
Finding land to build with straw
Not easy! If you have a particular site in mind we
can help you look at feasibility; assessing the likelihood of
getting permission to do what you want to do and flagging up
potential problem areas and points for consideration.
Most new buildings in the U.K. require approval
from your Local Planning Authority. Planning is primarily about
controlling development so the right buildings are built in the
right places. Planners are mainly interested in location, external
appearance and how a building relates to its surroundings and
With extensive experience in planning consultancy
we can advise, for example, when planning permission is not
necessary or when your proposal is likely to clash with planning
policy. We can prepare and submit pre-application enquiries,
planning applications, prior notifications, listed building and
conservation area applications. If youíre unsure what you need to
do please donít hesitate to ask!
The Building Regulations are much more technical than Planning.
There are many different sections of the Regulations covering
topics as diverse as structural integrity, fire, disabled access,
electrical work and glazing in critical locations among other
things. The basic aim is to ensure that buildings are soundly
built, energy efficient and safe for users. We can prepare and
submit your Building Regulations application and see it through to
These are the detailed working drawings that form the basis of the
Can I get approvals for a straw building?
Planning permission: People often ask if planners will reject a
building if itís to be made from straw, to which the answer is
ďnoĒ. Planners are far more concerned with what the outside of a
building looks like than what itís made from. Whilst there are
high profile cases of planners trying to enforce demolition of
straw bale buildings, itís usually because they donít like where
theyíve been built, not because of what theyíre made from.
Building regulations: These can be a little more tricky, simply
because some Local Authorities donít have experience of natural
materials and how they perform; especially in relation to
structural loading, performance in a fire and against rodents or
insects. With good detailing and construction, none of these are a
problem (and we can provide details and test reports to back this
up). However, in some cases itís easier to use one of the
specialist independent Building Control bodies with previous
experience of dealing with straw bale buildings.
Contact us for a
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