Architects may be negligent in either failing to obtain planning permission for a building project, or in failing to comply with the requirements of the planning consent. When an architect fails to follow the approved designs, plans and drawings on a project, he jeopardises its legality and long-term viability. We have dealt with cases where building projects have had to be abandoned halfway through, and where constructions have had to be demolished, due to the negligence of architects in these areas.
Architects & Planning Applications
Architects are often involved in submitting and winning planning applications for their clients. They may also advise on whether planning permission is necessary for a building project. In doing so they need to accurately assess the scale of the project, and the effect it will have on neighbouring properties and public land, including rights of access. If they advise that building can proceed without planning permission, they have a legal responsibility to make sure their advice is accurate. Otherwise a retrospective planning application may be required, and there is no guarantee this will be successful.
Architects & Planning Permission
Once planning permission is secured, the architect must follow the approved construction designs and drawings, whether these are his, or those of a previous architect. Deviating from approved building plans can breach the granted planning permission, and retrospective approval will again be required. Where plans have been approved, an architect should make sure that he obtains a copy of the drawings and plans, and follows them at every stage during construction. While some architects understand planning law and the planning application process, others do not, and this can ultimately prove disastrous for their clients.
Negligent Architect? How To Claim Compensation
Architects specialise in designing buildings and supervising construction, rather than the detail of property law. Where their professional services are relied upon in this area owever, clients should expect that the architect will carry out their work with reasonable care and skill. Most architects must hold professional indemnity insurance cover, to protect in the event of a compensation claim from a client. Most often disputes can be settled before they get to court, through mediation and negotiation. If you have been the victim of a negligent architect, contact us today for free confidential advice about claiming compensation for your financial loss.