A Simple Guide to Planning Permission

July 11th, 2018

Planning permission for restorations or additions to your property can be a real pain for a lot of developers and can spell disaster for the hopes and aspirations for homeowners who are looking to really make their house their own.

However, it needn’t be such a huge nuisance and if you follow this simple guide to achieving planning permission in the UK, you will find yourself with one less headache.

When do you need Planning Permission?

There are three factors to consider when figuring out whether you need to seek permission from your Local Planning Authority (LPA).

  • When you are building something entirely new.
  • When you are making major changes to your building, as with an extension for example.
  • When you are changing the use of your building (e.g. from a domicile to a commercial property).

All of these things will be differently interpreted by your LPA and contact details for this authority can be found here for full details on whether you will need it for your work.

Work undertaken on industrial premises do not normally require planning permission, though may fall under separate conditions. This also goes for demolition, though this will require separate approval from the LPA.

If your building project is specifically in benefit of the local community, it may also be able to forgo tradition routes and instead gain permission through Neighbourhood Planning or the Community Right to Build.

How do they access whether a building will achieve planning permission?

Your LPA will undertake a thorough investigation into the application, evaluating it on the following merits:

  • The size, layout, citing an appearance of the building.
  • Concerns surrounding infrastructures such as roads and energy and water supplies.
  • Why the development has been undertaking (e.g. to turn private property into a commercial property.
  • How the development will affect the local environment (e.g. changing views, traffic, etc.).

You can hope to achieve the results of your application within 8 weeks, but this can take as long as 13 weeks, so make sure to send your application off way in advance of any planned changes to your property to avoid disappointment.

Now you can even apply for planning permission online here which makes the whole ordeal a whole lot simpler.

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