Durrants Building Consultancy A department of George Durrant and Sons Ltd, we provide town planning, architectural design, building surveying and on-site management services throughout Norfolk and Suffolk. Based in the market town of Diss, our team of chartered planners, architects and surveyors deliver quality outcomes for domestic and commercial clients. From concept to completion, we manage all stages of the development process.

Planning We have a proven track record of securing planning approvals for a wide range of developments in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. We have an excellent working knowledge of how Council Planning Departments operate and use our extensive network of contacts with Planners and Conservation Officers across Norfolk and Suffolk to achieve successful planning outcomes for clients. We specialise in the following planning services:

  • Site Allocations in Local Plans
  • Site Appraisals
  • Planning Applications
  • Conservation Area Advice
  • Listed Building Consents
  • Barn Conversions
  • Residential Conversion of Agricultural Buildings
  • Permitted Development Rights
  • Changes of Use and Signage
  • Holiday Let Conversions
  • Planning Enforcement
  • Lawful Development Certificates
  • Planning Appeals
  • S106 Legal Agreement Negotiations

Architecture Our architectural team, led by our RIBA Chartered Architect, offer a complete design service from initial advice to project completion. We have a broad portfolio of work in the residential and commercial sectors with projects in new build, refurbishment, conversions, mixed use and conservation. Projects range from small scale domestic extensions to large scale masterplanned urban developments. Architectural services include:

  • Accessibility Advice
  • Architectural Design
  • Brief Development
  • Building Regulation Drawings
  • Building Regulation Advice
  • Commercial Building Design
  • Commercial Transport Depot Design
  • Community and Sports Centre Design
  • Design Co-ordination
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Loft Conversions
  • 2D / 3D Drawings
  • Barn Conversions
  • Residential Building Design
  • Residential Estate Design
  • Commercial Estate Design

Building Surveying Certified under ISO 9001:2008 and regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, we offer a comprehensive range of Building surveying services including:

  • Residential and Commercial Building Surveys
  • RICS Homebuyer Reports
  • Project / Contract Administration
  • Schedules of Condition
  • Schedules of Dilapidations
  • Defect Analysis Reports
  • Specification of Work
  • Landlord and Tenant Advice
  • Fire and Flood Reinstatement
  • Insurance Reinstatement Assessments
  • Party Wall matters

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Briefs

Agriculture: Agricultural Developments

Agriculture: Barn Conversions

Agriculture: Farms

Agriculture: Small Holdings

Business: Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds

Business: Change of Use

Business: Car Parking / Access

Business: Enforcement

Business: Extensions / Alterations of Premises

Business: Lawful Development Certificates

Business: New Premises

Business: Working from Home

Housing: Housing Design Layout

Design: Masterplanning

Design: Urban Design

Housing: Affordable Housing

Housing: Appeals

Housing: Applications

Housing: Car Parking

Housing: House Extensions

Housing: Residential Developments

Industrial: Heavy Industry

Industrial: Light Industry

Retail: Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds

Retail: Change of Use

Retail: Out of Town Sites

Retail: Shops

Retail: Town Centres

Agriculture: Planning & Development

Agriculture: Development Viabilities

Agriculture: Development Applications

Enforcement: Investigation

Enforcement: Appeals

Design: Architecture

Industrial: Site Design Layout

Retail: Site Design Layout

Business: Offices

Design: Design Layout

Housing: Code for Sustainable Homes

Housing: Viability Assessments