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5 Top Tips to Planning Permission


What is Planning Permission?

Planning Permission is a formal permission required in the UK in order to construct a new building or do extensive changes to an existing building on land. Usually it requires consent from the Local Planning Authority (LPA) from your town and it is a system designed to control inappropriate development. 

If you’re looking to build a house, building to start a business or change the use of land etc. within the UK, the occupier of any land/building will need ownership of that land/building and also planning permission from the LPA in order to proceed with their developments.

Here are some tips that will help and guide you to getting the best out of your application:

Know What Type of Planning Permission You Want:

It is advised by many to check with your local planning authority to determine what type of planning permission is required for your development.

It is important to know what type of planning permission you want and also whether if a planning is actually required for your development. There are a many different types of planning permission in which you can apply for, depending on how the nature and type of the development is proposed. 

Difference between Full Planning Permission and Outline Planning Permission:

Full Planning permission: This grants the Developer permission for all the aspects of the proposed to go ahead and develop and it also outlines any conditions related to the permission.

Outline Planning permission: These grants subject to a condition requiring the subsequent approval of the LPA (local planning authority) with respect to some ’reserve matters’ before work can start.

What are the Planning Conditions?

These Planning conditions are Conditions you have to comply with due to subject of approval of the planning permission.  These conditions can be as simple as matching the same materials as the existing building. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in being enforced through the courts by prosecution, this is called breech of condition notice (BCN). 

Take A More Tactical Approach to Your Application:

Before for you go ahead with your application take time and get advice. There are websites and people (from your local planning department) with resourceful information that provide pre-application advice and help you with your preparation issues and explain the right steps you need to take. I would advise you to not get pre-planning advice in written but face to face, to avoid getting a negative reaction from the planning officer, due to the fact that it could be quite difficult to change their mind even after you have amended your proposal with a better design.

What if I get refused?

If you have gone through the process of applying for planning permission, submitted your application and have been refused, you may be able to submit another application with modified plans free of charge within 12 months of the decision on your first application.

Normally submitting appeals have deadlines and they usually last about six months from the date of the application decision letter or in non-determination cases, six months from the date the decision should have been made by the authority.

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