Building projects by A Harlow & Son

What is the Procedure?


The first step is contact us to arrange a no obligation site visit from us.

We can then assess your project and requirements. We would then be able to produce a quotation for our services.

Our quotation will highlight all the necessary permissions and consents you must have before you can build your project.

Our services include to obtain and handle all the paperwork and applications necessary to get your project to a stage where you can hand it over to a builder to make it a reality.

Initial Survey

If you accept our quotation, we will complete a survey of the property or site if a new build and discuss the proposal further in length.

Planning Permission

From our initial survey we can then draw up architectural plans of your proposed extension.

We then change the plans as per your request, until such a stage they receive your approval.

We would then submit to the local council for planning permission (if required, certain works/extensions are exempt, we can advise on this on our initial visit).

If the application requires additional documentation to be submitted along with the plans, we handle the process of obtaining these documents, or produce them ourselves if able to.

We then liaise with the planning officer as required to obtain planning permission.

Building Regulations

Usually once planning permission has been granted, we add further detail to our architectural plans to include structural details.

The plans are then submitted to the local council for Building Control approval by ourselves.

Wessex Water Build Close to/Over

In October 2011, Unitary Water Authorities (Wessex Water for our area) adopted all shared sewers, meaning that if you have a shared sewer that runs across your land, it is now public.

When planning an extension and where it will be within 3 metres of a public sewer, permission must be sought from the local Water authority.

This application is called a build close to/over application.

If the extension is to be built over the public sewer, then a CCTV survey of the sewer is also required to accompany the application.

We can advise and handle this application for you.


Your project is then ready to hand over to a builder to start.

We aim to make the process as hassle free and as smooth as possible, keeping you informed during the entire process.

Contact us for a quote


'Really happy with the end result. This single story extension was a total mess. Richard was always contactable and worked in a timely fashion.'
B Hoddinott

'Top job done by A Harlow and Son. Excellent service... quick, detailed and brilliant knowledge through all aspects. Nothing was too much trouble. Many thanks.'
C Noakes

'Knowing, in broad detail, what we were looking to achieve, Richard was very helpful with his suggestions, resulting in an extension that suited our needs perfectly! Thanks Richard, we couldn't have asked for more.'
M Monitz

'Richard and Andy did a great job drawing up our plans for our extension. A couple of builders who had not come across these guys plans before commented on how good they were and how easy to work from. Builder now chosen to ready to go.'
J Reason

'Having struggled to find an architect as many deemed our single storey extension too small a project to take on, we were extremely happy when we came across A Harlow and Son who are willing to undertake drawings for small extensions. The help and advice they gave us on site visits and via email was appreciated and we were very impressed with their drawings and their professionalism throughout the process. We would highly recommend A Harlow and Son.'
K Kirschner-Harrison

'Richard was exceptionally helpfully, taking us through planning to the recommendation of builders. Every detail was looked at and numerous questions were answered promptly, with innovation in the design. A really professional service and would recommend to anyone.'
N Carey

'Thank you to all at Harlows for their great work on our 1st shop. All the hard work and time spent on the design & planning permissions are testament to their knowledge and foresight of Architecture. The feedback we constantly receive from customers about the look of the Shop is a tribute to you. We'll be back for Shop #2!!'
A Butler

'A Harlow & Son was recommended by a builder and came up with some great ideas/plans for a converting our stable / barn to cottages. Thanks Richard.'
Lamb on the Strand

'A Harlow and Son were recommended to us by friends who had just finished an extension and they were really pleased with the professional drawings / planning service provided. We too have received help and advice all the way, in fact A Harlow and Son assisted in the architectural design of our large home extension based on our wishes. We have now achieved planning permission and are absolutely thrilled with the quality and detail provided in the plans. I highly recommend A Harlow and Son and suggest that any prospective clients take a look at the 'Hockley' plans - you will be amazed at the professionalism and will be totally convinced that you too need A Harlow and Son working with you - Richard I am also happy for you to release my phone number to any prospective clients for further recommendation.'
S Hockley