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What is Planning Permission, Do I need it?

New home extension rules have came into effect. These rules were designed to make it easier and less time consuming to build an extension on the back or side of your home. Previous obscure regulations which govern “permitted development”, in other words the work you can do with out the need for planning permission, have been rewritten. These changes apply to houses only.

If you live in a house or bungalow you may be able to alter, extend or improve your property in a variety of ways without needing to make an application to planning. To find out whether your proposal falls within the permitted development rights you can view The Interactive House Guide on your Local Authority Planning Portal website. There are however situations where your permitted development rights may have been modified or removed. This can be the case on some of the larger scale housing developments. If you are unsure contact your local planning office to check.

There are many issues that the Planning Officers will need to consider when reviewing your application

  • Size
  • Layout
  • Siting and external appearance of the buildings and extensions
  • Proposed use of the development
  • The effect of your proposals on neighbouring properties
  • Proposed means of access
  • Landscaping and impact on the neighbourhood.

We encourage pre application discussions with your neighbours and others, about what you are planning to do-as you may need their agreement for works (especially if the work involves party walls etc). We strongly recommend this as many people are hurt or offended if they hear of an application from the Council rather than from you. Quite often small changes can make all the difference to your application.

Pre-Application advice:
If you are thinking about submitting a planning application to your Local Authority, you may wish to seek advice from them,  prior to submitting your application.  The benefits of pre-application advice will assist in the preparation of your proposals for formal submission. Identify potential problems at a early stage and indicate how your proposal should be amended to increase the likelihood of planning permission being grated. Identify those proposals that are completely unacceptable, so saving you the cost of pursuing a formal application that will be refused.

Speed up the decision making process thereby helping the Council to ensure that Government targets are met with regards to deterring planning applications.

Reduce the time your professional advisors spend in working up the proposals by identifying issues early in the process thereby reducing the cost to you

How long does it take to get planning permission:
This will be affected by the completeness of the application and by whether there is an appeal or not. Generally, a valid application will be dealt with by planning authorities in 8 to12 weeks to the final grant of permission.