Author Archives: Mark Payne

Planning Permission Granted in Dunton Bassett

Architectural Vistadesigns Ltd were granted Planning Permission for 3 Dwellings in Dunton Bassett within a rural village of Leicestershire. 

The scheme involved designing 3 bespoke dwellings on the land of an existing house which sat comfortably within a large residential garden.

The theme was to create one dwelling that was of a Farm House styled  brick dwelling with a feature glass entrance to the front of the site and to the rear there were a further 2 detached dwellings in a Barn style, boasting Black Cladding and Metal Roofs with feature glazing.  

This was a great result for the practice and delivering Planning Permission for another Residential Development in Leicestershire. 

Architectural Vistadesigns Ltd were appointed to seek Planning Permission for 10 dwellings on garden amenity land in Polesworth, Tamworth, which is a great result for the practice and developing garden amenity land for the use of Residential houses.


The existing land consisted of 2 dwellings to be demolished for 10 proposed traditional form dwellings with associated parking, amenity land with a Private access drive to serve the site to make it a Private development Cul-de-sac of dwellings.

The site boundaries were bound by mature trees and the existing Canal north of the site was a welcomed feature for the houses proposed along the North boundary, which could have a Private access to the Canal front.

If you are have land to develop then please contact Mark Payne to discuss your next project on 0785 458 2584 or email


Allesley Planning Permission for 2 Dwellings

Architectural Vistadesigns (AVD) have secured Planning Permission for the erection of 2 dwellings on land in Allesley, Coventry.

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Description of Development

Erection of two dwellings on land to rear of 165 Browns Lane including vehicular access and alterations and extensions to the existing house.

Existing Site

The site is part of the rear gardens of No’s. 163 and 165 Browns Lane. It is roughly rectangular in shape measuring 0.12 hectares. No’s. 163 and 165 Browns Lane are two houses on Browns Lane which predate the recent redevelopment of the former Jaguar site. The site is surrounded by a recently developed Taylor Wimpey housing estate.

Approval: Coventry City Council approved the application dated 9 March 2015

Client: Private Developer

Architectural Vistadesigns

Architectural Vistadesigns (AVD) specialises in the Residential sector.

The practice is focussed on unlocking land opportunities for clients and securing Planning Permission whether that for large scale strategic development land, or medium sized development land to small investment plots.

AVD has a wealth of professional experience to advise on land and maximise development land to create viable schemes.

AVD is an established experienced Development Consultancy providing a Full Residential Design service to assist Residential Developers, Housing Associations and Property Investors with their projects.

AVD is specifically experienced in Residential Design and Planning and more specific in Master Planning, Urban Design, Planning negotiations and securing of Planning Permissions for key strategic sites.

AVD services are not limited to the Residential Architecture as we provide services in Commercial, Retail, Rural and Domestic sectors.

AVD provides a service from Inception through to Completion, with the ability to provide the client with design solutions that reflects aspirations, needs, values and cost.

AVD offers a prompt and professional service to all its clients and the practice believes in building long term professional partnerships with key clients to deliver successful projects.

Contact us today! 

Contact Mark Payne on 0785 458 2584 or 01455 698 839 to discuss your next project.


Are you ready for changes to CDM Regulations 2015?

Are you ready for changes to CDM Regulations 2015?

On the 6 April 2015, the HSE (Health and Safety executive) new changes will be enforced where by the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 will be replaced by the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

What are the changes?

  • The most significant change is the CDM co-ordinator (CDMC) role will be replaced by the PRINCIPLE DESIGNER (PD) where by the client will appoint a PD, for example an Architectural Technologist, Architect or Structural Engineer.
  • The Client is required to issue the F10 notification to the HSE. The F10 notification is now only required where a project lasts 30 days or more on site and where 20 or more people are working simultaneously on that site
  • All Projects to have a written Construction Phase Plan
  • When more than one Contractor will be required on a construction project the client must appoint a Principle Designer (PD) and Principle Contractor (PC) in writing. Failure to do so will result in the Clients responsibility for the duties for the PD & PC
  • Creation of client duties for domestic projects which can be transferred to the Principal Designer and/or Principal Contractor

The Duties of a Principle Designer:

  •  Plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase
  • Project is carried out without risks to Health & Safety
  • Identify, eliminate or control risks through design work
  • Liaise with the Principal Contractor (PC) and ensure co-operation and co-ordination
  • Designers comply with their duties
  • Assist he Client in preparing the pre-construction information
  • Preparation of the health and safety file

The Transitional Period:

A six-month transitional period will commence from 6 April – 6 October 2015.

If the below criteria is met, then this is compliance with 2007 CDM Regulations:

  • A CDM co-ordinator has been appointed before 6 April therefore effectively by 2 April
  • The project is on site by that date
  • The date for completion is before 6 October.

Projects as from the 6th April 2015 where by no CDMC or PC has been appointed:

  • PD may be appointed in writing by the Client (but this is not obligatory)
  • PD must be appointed in writing by the Client
  • The PC must draw up a Construction Phase Plan
  • where the Client has not appointed a PD, the PC must also prepare the Health and Safety file
  • where a Client has failed to appoint a Principal Contractor, in commercial projects, the Client must fulfil the duties of Principal Contractor and in domestic projects, the Principal Contractor is deemed to be the contractor

What to do now?

  • Duty Holders (Clients and advisers) should familiarise yourself with CDM Regulations 2015
  • Identify projects that may be subject to the new CDM Regulations 2015
  • Make sure the relevant people and project teams are aware of the changes

Please also see HSE website for further details

If you require further information, then please do not hesitate to contact me:

Mark Payne, Owner of Architectural Vistadesigns


01455 698 839


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Why instruct AVD as a practice for your project?

The practice owner Mark Payne has over 12 years experience in the field of Architecture and specialises in the project sectors of Residential, Commercial, Rural and Domestic.

Mark Payne is a fully qualified member of a fully qualified Architectural Technologist (MCIAT) who can undertake a building project from conception through to final certification.

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The services include design presentations, feasibility studies, co-ordination of associated professional consultants, working drawing and construction detailing, materials selection and specification, submissions and negotiations to seek Planning or Building Regulation statutory approvals and project management.

AVD offers a free project consultation with clients to establish the budget, values and needs, which are important details to understand prior to any drawing work is commenced.

The practice has expertise to develop a project vision from concept through to completion and guide you through the various complex stages of a project.

A professional service that can be designed to meet your requirements whether that is preparing feasibility designs and understanding concepts, Design and Planning of Developments, or providing a service that focuses on Building Regulations and detailing for projects.

The Practice has an extensive amount of experience of working with large scale Residential Developments and maximising land profits for Developers, delivering viable schemes, and securing of Planning applications.

The Practice provides a service also aimed at Home owners looking to extend their homes or require an annex to the house on the same land, single plot builds on land, rural projects for the conversion of barns or require stables and ménages on the land, and commercial projects which could be for a small Office development.

Architectural Vistadesigns offers a prompt and professional service to all its clients and the practice believes in building long term professional partnerships with key clients to deliver successful projects.

Prince Charles views for the future of architecture

The life-long interest in the importance of an approach to design and architecture of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is well known.  He has written a 2,000 word article for The Architectural Review (AR).

The Prince addresses his primary concern about finding a sustainable solution to issues of urban development and global population growth.

The Prince argues that architects need to reconnect with a deeper and more resonant sense of tradition.  He argues that this has shaped lives, landscapes and communities over centuries. He also believes that Nature has much to teach us through its patterns and processes, and that we ignore its lessons at our peril.

New flagship housing zones announced

The Government have announced details of the areas shortlisted to become the first flagship housing zones in England.

29 areas outside London has been published in a shortlist.  This shortlist have already bid to become one of 10 housing zones.  These new zones will find it easier and quicker to build new homes on brownfield sites.

This forms a central element of the government’s long term economic plan of “Getting Britain building” . Since 2010 over half a million new homes have been provided, including more than 200,000 affordable homes.  Read more on the The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists website.