Obtaining Planning Permission

Learn from Experience

Based upon past experience of designing, planning, and building domestic extensions, this section is intended as a guide to help you locate, plan, obtain planning permission, and build a domestic outbuilding, conservatory, or other addition to your home.  

Making a planning application

This is no longer the short, simple process that it once used to be. The ‘planning documents’, i.e. those that you have to submit with your application for planning approval, are more extensive and often need specialist professional input. Likewise the planning approval process is more thorough and time consuming.  

Planning Guidelines

Following these planning guidelines may not guarantee that you will get planning permission for your extension, but it will help you to improve its appearance as well as functionality without adversely affecting the character of your neighbourhood. Hopefully it will actually assist you and your architectural designer to enhance this as well as get your plans passed.

Type of Building Extension

In considering basic shapes, sizes and siting, whether for a side extension, building upwards on top of a garage, or even working within the constraints of permitted development, it also sets out the different things that you need to consider and the information you will have to submit as part of your planning application.  It aims to make it easier, quicker and cheaper to obtain planning permission.

Planning Permission and Planning Appeals

Even if you do not need planning permission and are using the provisions of ‘permitted development’, following these guidelines for all extensions will be beneficial and, for example, reduce the chance of conflict with neighbours. In the unlikely event that you have to get involved with a planning appeal, making sure your planning application has observed the niceties of the planning process and covers all the points raised can also help the planning inspectorate address your petition and ease the planning appeals process.

Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas

If you need special Listed Building or Conservation Area consent, then you will have to obtain this before doing any work.  It is therefore a good idea to talk over you proposals with your local planning officer before making an application.

Consult Your Local Planning Officer

Generally they are pleased to discuss properly thought out sketch proposals and will tell you what type of planning permission and building regulation approval is required, if at all. If you need additional advice from the Conservation or Listed Buildings Officers, they will be able to help arrange this for you. It is also a good idea to get information on ‘Secured by Design’ and discuss how this might influence your application with them.  Usually available from the local constabularies Architectural Liaison Officer, this Police initiative advises on what domestic crime prevention measures you can take, like selecting specially prepared windows and doors. Heeding this might help you secure more favourable household insurance.

Water & Flood Risk

Nowadays all applications are considered against the impact any new development may have upon the water cycle. Usually this means that a Flood Risk Assessment has to accompany your planning application. It is advisable to obtain, read and fully understand the Local Planning Policy document affecting your property to ensure you meet these requirements.

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