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What is planning permission?

Construction of new buildings and extensive changes to current buildings ordinarily requires consent from the local planning authority in the form of planning permission. This planning system is designed to deal with inappropriate development.

When do I need planning permission?

Anything that involves the creation of a new house, either by building from scratch or a subdivision, needs planning permission. Adding outbuildings or building extensions demands planning permission depending on the size of the project and the level of Permitted Development rights afforded to or still remaining on a property.

What exactly are Permitted Development Rights?

The concept of Permitted Development was announced at the very starting point of our planning system – in the Town and Planning Act on 1st July 1948 – and permits minor improvements, such as transforming a loft or modest extensions to your property, to be tackled without clogging up the planning system. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each benefit from their own version of these policies.

The amount of work that can be executed under Permitted Development depends on a a number of factors including location (Areas of Natural Beauty and Conservation Areas have different rules), and the degree of work already conducted on a property

Do I Need a Planning Consultant?

A lot of people will appoint a planning consultant before they even buy a plot, to work out the potential for a development. This could save you thousands of pounds on the purchase of a project that ends up not to be doable.

Planning consultants in London and throughout the UK have full knowledge of the ever-changing planning policies that any task will be controlled by. So, whether you are extending, redesigning or building a new home, their help can be essential – particularly if your project is in an area of which carries restrictions such as a Conservation Area or AONB.

how long does planning permission takeHow long does is take to get planning permission?

Once your application has been sent in, the planning department will check that all of the information it needs has been received together with the correct fee. Local authorities work to determine planning applications within 10 to 12 weeks of registration, and nearly all straightforward householder applications will be addressed in this timeframe.

A sign is posted outside the address concerning the proposed development and any neighbours likely to be affected are written to and invited to look at the plans and to comment. This is known as the public consultation process and it takes three to eight weeks. The authority will make statutory consultations to the local Highways department, and where necessary the Environment Agency as well as others.

The video below may prove useful if your currently in the process of obtaining planing permission