I was extremely happy with the service that John Dougal provided on our recent renovation project, he was at all times helpful and informative. Indeed, john discovered that our house was restricted from permitted rights which could have been a huge problem as one of the building firms had stated they could start immediately!

John handled all the planning permission details, provided all the drawings and was always on hand to advise. It really gave me peace of mind to know that I was dealing with a professional and I even got the bay window which I thought wouldn’t be possible!

I would have no hesitation in recommending john to any prospective client for their development project, I am sure he would provide a first class service

Mrs Lindy Maxfield
Haxby, York
Jan 2010


I would like to say that John did an excellent job, coming up with a design that enabled the contemporary to blend with a 1920’s build house. In addition to John’s commitment to the project he was able to meet our requirements on time and to budget.

Mr Pat Coates
Rawcliffe, York
Aug 2010


I live in Askham Bryan, a village with heritage protection and where seeking planning permission is regarded on a not dissimilar scale to starting an anthrax laboratory.
I wanted a car-port and hired Mr Dougal to design and manage the application. It took time but we got the plan approved. Exit Dougal J with a small cheque and enter a builder with excellent skills but who regarded the approved plan as a matter of casual guidance.
Exit the builder with a much larger cheque but enter the Planning Officer making groaning noises and, watched by the Parish Council enforcement team expressed demolition sentiments. Re-enter JD who re-drew, re-submitted and smoothed feathers, winning me a most reluctant blessing from York City Council; the natives are still revolting but they’ll have to live with it.
Any well-trained chap might offer good architectural services—not everyone can be a shrewd and consummate diplomat. Whatever your project get John D on your case.

Mr George Thompson Smith
Askham Bryan York
July 2010


John is an excellent example of what most people need from an expert when looking to extend a property. He is very professional and I thought outstanding value for money. He did extra work for us and made sure we were completely happy with all stages of the planning process.

We continue to keep in touch and he readily makes himself available to help and offer advice.

If I ever need architectural services again I would use him, and if anyone I know needs similar help, I would strongly advise them to use him.

Mr Ashley Stericker
Copmanthorpe, York
Oct 2011


John provided a very quick and simple process for us to get our home extension plans ready for planning consent and completed all the paperwork that goes with it.  He helped with ideas about saving money regarding the layout of the extension and also discussed different materials that would be suitable.  He was very approachable and I would recommend him to anyone thinking of extending their home.  The plans have helped us to get comparable quotes from building companies.  Thank you John!

Gemma Stow
Oct 2011


We were very happy both with the planning and advice you gave us.  Your recommendations were spot on and we would have no hesitation in making use of your services again should they be needed.

Bruce & Gloria Edwards.
Woodthorpe, York
May 2012


Architectural Services York have drawn full plans to convert a property into two on two occasions and we were successful in achieving approval. On the applications the planners had some issues which John was helpful in resolving. The second application John presented to the city of York council had approval within 5 weeks which was a fast result in seeking an approval. John was very efficient in dealing with and responding to the planning officer to resolve any concerns that arose. John is very thorough and competent in his knowledge in regards to planning and also helped with structural matters. We have recommended John to family and friends and will be using his services in the future.

Gary McManaman & Karen Long
South Bank, York
Feb 2013


I used Architectural Services York to design my domestic extension in July 2011 and found John to be very conscientious and professional.   He produced high quality plans and gave us great insight into what we could achieve and what we needed to do in order to meet all the various regulations. Furthermore we received sound structural engineering advice and calculations from John’s Chartered Engineer.

John dealt with the planning department with ease and although we had a few minor redrafts to contend with I think we came out of it pretty well in the end. 

John was readily available throughout the build phase of the project and made a number of visits to help the builders in fulfilling their job.  This was highlighted in particular when they came across a potentially difficult problem and John arrived on site within an hour to find a suitable work around.  Much to my absolute relief! 

Overall, John goes that extra mile to make your project work; he provides a complete solution dealing with the planning authorities as well as dealing with the slight glitches that can arise during the build phase.  I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending his services to anyone.

Steven Jones
April 2013


John was very thorough and did his utmost to understand our needs. He had many helpful ideas and he produced the building regulation drawings and paperwork very quickly with minimum fuss. He also spotted some mistakes on our plans which a previous – and far more expensive – provider had made and he spent a good amount of time rectifying them for us. We would not hesitate to recommend him.

Mr and Mrs Whitford
APR 2013