Architectural Services

"I have big plans for this place."

Take the hassle out of

Planning and Building Regulation applications

With decades of experience in liaising with local planning officers on behalf of home, building and land owners, Tamlyns can help you to turn your development ideas into reality.

Our experts regularly work with planning officers and building control representatives across Somerset and surrounding counties, submitting planning applications and building regulation applications on behalf of our clients for a variety of purposes.

From new-build dwellings to domestic extensions, agricultural buildings and barn conversions, Tamlyns will ensure that your needs are met while guiding you through every stage of your project.

Helen Mahoney

We have been very pleased with the excellent service provided by Tamlyns.

Making a development proposal: our four-stage process

While the process involved in making applications for planning and building regulations can be daunting, we make things easier by breaking it down into four key stages.

Planning Permission

Whether or not you need planning permission will depend on a variety of factors, which can only be determined by inspecting your property or site in person.

That’s what our free (subject to location) initial visit is for: we’ll take into account the latest developments in planning policy relevant to your project inform you of all anticipated costs together with a realistic idea of how long the planning process will take.

By the end of our visit, you’ll have a clear idea of whether your goals are achievable, whether aspects of your plans could be improved, and the stages required to make your development happen. Planning permission can be a complicated business, but employing Tamlyns to take care of it means you won’t have to worry about a thing.

Building Regulation Approval

While planning permission determines whether or not you’ll be allowed to build, building regulations dictate exactly how the building you have proposed should be constructed.

At Tamlyns we always advise our clients to obtain full plans approval: this means that your plans will be prepared by us and approved by building control ahead of construction, thus avoiding the risks associated with other types of building regulation approval (such as building notices).

Our experts work hard to remain informed of the latest developments in construction techniques and technologies, providing up-to-date guidance to ensure that you get the best results. Combining this knowledge with our deep understanding of building regulations means we can advise you on every step of the process.

The tender process

Once your development project has been given the green light, Tamlyns can continue to make your life easier by managing the tender process on your behalf. This involves preparing additional information ahead of construction, such as positioning of sockets and switches, or detailed plans for kitchen and bathroom fittings.

These updated plans will be sent out to a handpicked list of skilled and reliable contractors, ensuring that you get the best deal and the best quality of work available for your budget.

For additional reassurance, our team can also advise you on working with the appointed contractor under a formal building contract.

Construction supervision

When building work begins, Tamlyns can make sure that your project stays on track by providing a construction supervision service.

We will conduct weekly site visits to check that progress is being made, keeping you in the loop of developments and ensuring that the project meets your expectations in terms of both quality and timescale.

If any problems arise, Tamlyns can act as an intermediary between you and your contractors, working out any potential issues efficiently and effectively.

James Venton BSc. (Hons)

Assistant Principal - Head of Architectural Services

Phone: 01278 454514

After achieving a National Diploma in Construction at College, James moved on to study Building Surveying at the University of The West of England in 1999.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Building Surveying in 2002, James joined Tamlyns as a graduate surveyor. After an initial period of working in the Survey and Valuation department undertaking building survey related work, James moved across to work in the Architectural Services Department.

James was made Head of the Architectural Services Department in 2007, and has continued to grow the department year on year, working with his team on construction projects across Somerset.

James was appointed Assistant Principal in 2017 and works closely with Jemima overseeing management of the company.

John Morehen BSc. MRICS

Director / Chartered Building Surveyor

Phone: 01278 458241

John is a Director of Tamlyns and carries out a large proportion of the Building Surveys and HomeBuyers reports in the company.

He became a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1983 and has been working in Somerset since 1988. John joined the Professional team at Tamlyns in the mid-90s.

John has been involved with the training and post qualification experience of all the graduate surveyors in the company, most of which are still employed as Chartered Surveyors in the expanding professional, agricultural and planning departments.

Graham Braid ACIAT

Architectural Technician

Phone: 01278 454514

Graham qualified as an Architectural Technician in 2009, obtaining a Higher National Certificate in Construction from Somerset College of Arts & Technology. Originally from Yeovil, Graham was accepted into the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) in 2014 as an associate member and is now working towards qualifying as a Chartered Technologist.

Graham joined Tamlyns and the Drawing, Planning & Design / Architectural Services Department in April 2018, primarily overseeing the Building Regulation application process. Graham will also assist James Venton with the preparation and submitting of planning applications and the discharging of any planning conditions. Along with his technical background, Graham also brings to Tamlyns his 3d modelling capabilities, which has already proved invaluable in the granting of several recent planning applications.

Outside of work, Graham is a keen badminton player and a devoted Yeovil Town supporter, someone has to be!

Robert Arnell BA (Hons) GradDip MRICS

Chartered Building Surveyor

Phone: 01278 458241

Robert completed a Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying at the University of the West of England in 2011. He joined Tamlyns in 2015 as Assistant Building Surveyor after several years training under his father, a Chartered Building Surveyor and became a full member of the RICS in 2015.

His experience is predominantly in residential surveys and architectural design. He has worked in the Bristol area for a number of years now and has a particular interest in building conservation.

Outside of work Rob has a passion for electronic music, continuing to write music as a hobby, and has had a number of plays on BBC Radio, some of which released on independent record labels. He is not bad on the 1’s & 2’s either.

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Book your initial appraisal today

To arrange for one of our team to visit you, call Tamlyns today on 01278 458241, or email our team via

You can also call into one of our free weekly planning clinics between 9am and 1pm on Thursdays. There’s no need to book in advance: simply drop in and talk to our experts at 35 Market Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3EP.