Planning Applications… Everything You Need To Know
Planning applications and Building regulations are two separate processes in the development of your project.
Planning permission and planning consent are required by your local planning department for changes to the appearance or use of a building, such as alterations, extensions and extending, conversions, conservatories, granny annexes and certain garden buildings. The success of gaining planning can be dependant on the area, size, appearance, effect on the street, effect on neighbours sun light restriction and more. By using our guidance, experience and expertise of planning laws, Advanced New Builds will help you to overcome all these issues and gain a successful planning outcome.
It also has to be noted that due to planning changes in recent years, there are also a number of home improvements and extensions which can be complete under ‘Permitted Development’ rights by obtaining a certificate of lawful development. Although many of these improvements and projects will be restricted to smaller footprints and sizes.
To ascertain which category your project will fall into. Permitted Development or Full Planning Permission, simply call us on 0843 289 2932 for initial free planning advice. We will also be able to give you an indication of building costs and overall project costs when you call.
What is permitted development?
Permitted developments are a set of building improvements that central government has set out to allow home owners across the country to carry out projects without requiring the need to make a full planning application or gaining planning permission, eliminating restrictions by local councils, local planning departments or local parishes.
Smaller house extensions, alterations and a number of improvements to your property, may fall within your Permitted Development Rights. If the improvements you are making fall within these rights then applying for a Certificate Of Lawful Development in your local planning department will confirm your rights to make the improvement Lawfully. Factors such as size, height and volume which have been set out by Permitted Development Rights will determine whether you will require planning permission or not.
Talk to us on 0843 289 2932 for initial free planning advice.
To view a list of common permitted development projects on the governments planning portal visit the site Here
Are there different planning rules for a listed building?
Buildings of particular architectural interest are often officially Listed and thereby protected. Many residential buildings are Grade 2 listed, meaning that all alterations (not just those to the outside or original parts) have to be approved under Listed Building Consent. Making a Listed Building Consent application is similar to making a planning application for your property – but with a few differences. The process may be handled by a conservation officer within your local planning department or might be referred to English Heritage and there is no application fee. In addition your property may be subject to an Article 4 Directive which merely is a statement of the importance of the external façade of your property.
As with listed properties, applications for alterations are considered by a number of parties, all offering their advice and expertise as to whether or not your application should be considered favourably.
Are there different planning rules for a conservation area?
Living in a conservation area usually means that changes to the external appearance of your property will be a particularly sensitive issue. You will probably need to complete an application for Conservation Area Consent.
What will I need in order to make a planning application?
If you are happy following our initial free advice over the telephone and wish to proceed with submitting a Full Planning Application or Apply for a Certificate Of Lawful Development we can handle the entire process for you.
First you’ll need detailed and ‘to scale’ architectural drawings of your project showing the existing and proposed layouts, elevations, a geographical block plan of the area, along with a section through drawing of the building.
These ‘building plans’ allow your local planning department to make an informed decision as to whether the project falls within local planning laws or has an adverse effect on neighbouring properties and should therefore be denied. Design is crucial.
An on-site survey is required to ‘measure up’ and produce accurate architectural drawings… this is also a great time to pick up, additional advice, design and layout ideas for your project. Call us for a free fixed price quotation.
Once your plans are complete and when you’re happy with the design, we’ll make the relevant submissions to gain planning approval. This process can take up-to 3-4 months for a decision if pre-application advice is also sort before hand. For that very reason we always advise our clients to get the ball rolling by getting in touch sooner, rather then later.