Thanks to both of you for your helpful replies.
DOC wrote:Hi pauldocherty - would be good to know what part of the country you are in?
Just bear in mind that overall construction prices have probably dropped 20 to 30% in the last year or so, therefore in may ways, what you will pay the architect will reflect the more competetice construction costs/current climate. The amount of work has not changed!
I hadn't thought of this - his fee will have dropped in line with build costs. Sadly for me, my income has also dropped in the past year by a third for the same volume of work.
I still don't like the idea that he has a financial incentive to maximise the cost of my house at the design stage. Our motivations in this case are not in sync.
goneill wrote:To offer the architect only half of the fee due for making that application, is effectively asking him to take a punt on whether you will get planning permission.
I want him to carry some risk because I am also carrying risk at this stage that depends on his performance in producing an acceptable plan for the local authority. A rejected plan is of no value and may even hinder future planning applications.