I'm not sure if you can attribute an 8 month delay to lack of funding - we pay for applications after all - but despite that, there's absolutely no excuse for the lack of courtesy by case officers and team leaders in ignoring emails and phone calls. Rob Gregory seems to have had better response in his latest application.
Great scheme! But you were lucky with a 34 week overrun for determination: I received planning permission from Bristol City Council last Friday for a house-holder application registered on 29/03/18. 44 weeks in total - 36 week overrun! It took 3 case officers, two team leaders with a final nudge by the local Councillor. In all that time not one telephone call answered or replied to by the case officer. Shocking.
Even worse, that beautiful car is going to be severely damaged being bounced up and down the novel access drive with the stepped feature.
I'll be interested to see how Building Regulations are applied to the unprotected, single stair approach to the four upper floors with only one means of exit.
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My understanding has always been that using the term 'architectural' as an adjective or 'architecture' as a noun are not an offences and only applying the term 'Architect' as a descriptive noun requires qualification and registration.