Planning applications have a straightforward journey to approval. Understanding where you are in that process helps you know what responses you can make…
1. Planning application is submitted to the local planning authority
2. The application plans, forms, fee and associated documents are checked and validated
3. Once validated a letter with the determination date is posted to the agent with case officer details and reference number
4. The planning authority publicises the application, in the newspaper, on lamp posts, by letter to neighbours and perhaps elsewhere
5. Other consultees are informed such as water board, highways etc
6. The public has a few weeks to comment on the application
7. Determination usually begins 2 weeks before the decisions date once all comments are in
8. The decision will be issued typically 8 weeks from validation
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. If you have only heard about a development you’re concerned about after a planning application has been submitted, don’t delay in getting involved.
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?
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.