Planning Permission

Helpful things to know about planning permission.

When it comes to making changes or additions to your home, it can be difficult to know whether or not you’ll need to look into applying for planning permission. Here are some pointers to assist you in making the best decision for you and your home.

Know what you’re applying for

First of all, there are different types of planning permission. If your home is a listed building you’ll need Listed Building Consent, whereas a normal residential property is just Householder Planning Permission. You might also be aware that planning permission is not always necessary. Most residential houses have permitted development rights (although flats or apartments are restricted) which allow for certain modifications and construction to go ahead without any need to lodge an application.

Plan well

If you find out that you’re definitely going to need planning permission, the first thing you’ll need to do is discuss the project with your local authority. This will generally you save time and money in the long run, as you’ll be advised on any amendments needed before the application is submitted. Although this advice is nugatory, it’s a good indication of whether your application will be successful.


Time to submit your plans
The next step will be to submit your plans. You might want to consider employing an architect or designer to draw up your plans. Some companies also offer to deal with the planning process as part of their package. Usually, a planning application needs two documents submitted; a location plan showing a view of the site and surrounding area (necessary to ensure that neighbours privacy is maintained, and other safety aspects) and a plan showing the proposed work to be done. You’ll also need to fill out a form with your details, and enclose the fee (for example, £172 for householder planning permission).


Await a decision
Once the application has been submitted, the process can take several weeks to be approved. During this time, anything missing can be flagged up, and also any concerns from neighbouring properties.
Once your plans are approved, be aware that they might have been approved subject to certain specifications. For example, a listed building must use particular materials in keeping with the look of the building and traditional methods of construction.
But what if your plans are rejected? If your application has been approved with conditions which you don’t feel are suitable, give the local planning authority a call, as they may allow you to submit an amendment.
If your plans have not been approved, you can make an appeal which will be dealt with by the planning inspectorate.

After everything is approved, you can get started! Building work must commence within three years, however, homeowners often put their property on the market as the planning permission is sold with the house. This gives prospective buyers an idea of what can be done with the property, and can add substantial value to a house.

Whatever you decide, we hope this helps you make a more informed decision when it comes to modifying your property.

A really useful website is planning portal, which has lists of planning types and permitted development rules.