WHAT IS PLANNING PERMISSION?
In our Planning Guide find out what is Planning Permission, and if you will need it.Planning permission is obtaining consent from the local Council Authority before the erection or alteration of a building. This may be an extension to your home, a new build or a new superstore for a major developer. It is also required for a change of use of buildings or land. All applications will either be Granted Approved, Granted with certain conditions or in rare circumstances refused. The government has set out its rules on determining planning applications called the national planning policy framework. Local authorities or planning development control have their own local plans. You can find your LPA (local planning authority on the planning portal and then search for the local development plan. This will give you full details on specific areas and any forth coming plans or restrictions.
THE PLANNING APPLICATION PROCESS
Planning applications have a straightforward journey to approval. Understanding where you are in that process helps you know what responses you can make…
Most planning applications are approved. But if the application is refused, or the approval has conditions on it, the applicant may appeal against the decision to the Secretary of State.
DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION?
You will need planning permission if you want to build a new structure, make a major change to an existing structure, or change the use of a building. If you want to find out if you require Planning Permission then send us your details.
WHAT IS PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT?
You can carry out certain types of building work on your home or property without needing to apply for Planning Permission. This is called “Permitted Development Rights”. Generally, Permitted Developments cover minor extensions, demolition and certain changes of use, such as a loft, garage or cellar conversions. Most houses have PD rights, however flats and maisonettes do not so you would need to apply for full planning permission. PD rights are also reduced in conservation arears, national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.
So what type of work can you carry out under permitted development?