For the elderly and those with physical disabilities, mobility in the home can be a problem. While the level of care available is impressive, we would all like to be as independent as possible. Often, issues as simple as getting around the home can prevent people from going about their everyday lives without the help of somebody else.
Fortunately, there are a number of solutions and options open to those looking to adapt their home to make it an easier place to get around. However, implementing these solutions is not always as straightforward as it should be.
If you, or somebody you know, is looking towards making changes to your home, it is important that you familiarise yourself with the local laws on planning permission. Common issues which prevent people making changes to their home are those which affect the aesthetics of a home. Generally, fitting Stannah stair lifts is not a problem, although those living in listed properties should check with their local authorities.
Another factor which contributes towards the refusal of planning permission when making changes to your home is safety. While certain modifications to the home can make mobility simpler for those with disabilities, they might also make getting around difficult for those without disabilities. If a modification is deemed to make exit from a building difficult in the case of a fire, you are likely to be refused planning permission on these grounds.
Regardless of the nature of the work you hope to carry out on your home, it can be beneficial for all involved to converse with your neighbours. Often complaints are filed on issues which neighbouring citizens feel affect them. If this seems plausible, it is better to speak to your neighbours beforehand, rather than getting caught up in the bureaucracy of planning permission. It may well be the case that you can address any problems your neighbours have with your plans with incredible ease.
Planning permission can be frustrating but it is in place to help ensure that communities and homes both are pleasant places to live. No reasonable plan should be subject to refusal so think through your work carefully and with an open dialogue between yourself and those involved.