Frame Technologies continues its mission to give listeners the latest information from the self-build industry. For the next episode of the Frame Technologies podcast, we’ve decided to tackle one of the industry’s biggest concerns: planning permission.

For this podcast, architect Ruth Reed, Director at Green Planning Studio and the first female president of RIBA joined us.

Ruth has worked closely as a building partner with Frame Technologies for many years, providing additional support to Frame Technologies’ clients as a planning consultant and as a self-build architect.

She brings a well-rounded understanding of the self-build experience, as she is a proud self-builder, too. Frame Technologies MD, Simon Orrells worked with Ruth to build her first self-build home before working with her again last year to complete her second self-build home, Robins Yard.

In our second podcast, Ruth discusses her career, highlights from working at Green Planning Studio, key issues her clients face, and how the company navigates the current problems affecting planning permission wait times. Self-builders in the early stages of their journey will discover how they can improve their planning application, and those waiting for outcomes can feel comforted knowing they are not alone.

The state of planning permission

Ruth discusses the issues impacting local planning authorities and how they are prolonging waiting times. This may tempt you to get your application completed as quickly as possible. But, as mentioned in our planning permission blog last year, your technical information and survey drawings need to be as accurate as possible. Cutting corners will not result in a faster process and could drain your finances – repeat applications can cost in the region of £200-£500, depending on the authority.

Our advice is the same as we give to all self-builders at every stage in their journey: invest early to limit extra costs in the budget.

Working with Green Planning Studio

Green Planning Studio is a client-focused planning agency with extensive experience in planning, architecture, and environment. Working closely with clients, they analyse the potential of development on your site in relation to planning policy, represent you in discussions with planning authorities and have an unrivalled record in obtaining planning permission, even an appeal. As Green Planning Studio’s senior architect, Ruth specialises in designing houses with landscape and heritage constraints, with specialist work on isolated and sustainable homes.

With the ultimate partnership of planning policy knowledge alongside architectural services, Green Planning Studios can help with two critical stages of the journey, getting self-builders closer to their goals.


Life at Robins Yard

Ruth lives in her dream self-build home, Robins Yard, an eco-home built in timber frame. Nestled amongst six listed structures in a conservation area, this property has received much praise from neighbours for the way it complements the traditional aesthetics of the nearby Grade II listed houses.

Using Frame Technologies TechVantageTM S, Ruth’s home was designed to mirror Passive House principles and comes extremely close to the standards. The combination of TechVantageTM S and these principles means that Robins Yard delivers high levels of insulation and high air tightness, making for an energy-efficient and cosy home.

You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out what else stood in the way of reaching the Passive House standard…

Take the pressure off planning permission stress.

If you’re struggling to find a suitable plot of land to begin your project, check out BuildStore’s PlotSearch, a UK database for plots with planning permission. It is the UK’s premier land-finding resource and takes the pressure of plot searching. More information about PlotSearch can be found here or by listening to the podcast.

And, of course, Frame Technologies is always here to help. If you have any issues, queries, or concerns about planning permission for your self-build timber frame project, get in touch.