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The Importance of Having the Right Planning Permission

There are many things to question and consider when you are planning to develop, improve or extend your home. 

Depending on the development project you wish to carry out, you may need to apply for Planning Permission or it may fall under Permitted Development. We feel it is extremely important to carry out thorough research or get in touch and discuss your proposal with your local property experts.

Not having the right planning permission

  • Building anything without permission is risky
  • If you do not comply with Building Regulations, you will not be issued a completion certificate and will struggle selling your property
  • As the property owner, you will be liable for any remedial action
  • A breach of planning regulations could result in enforcement action and demolition 
  • You may incur extra costs and waste time

Be aware of the direction you need to go in and the steps you need to take in order to make your planning proposal and application a simple and straightforward process. 

The difference between Permitted Development and development that needs a planning application

Permitted Development means you can undertake reconstruction and development projects without needing planning permission. This is if your proposal doesn’t fall under routine maintenance or automatic permission by law. 

Examples of Permitted Development

  • Converting attached buildings such as garages
  • Single storey extensions and conservatories
  • Loft conversions
  • Porches
  • Gate, walls and fences 
  • Swimming pools
  • Building / Converting a basement

Take note that although many domestic extensions and out-buildings to houses do not require a Planning Application or Planning Consent, they must comply with a number of rules and regulations. Also, if your property is a period, listed or heritage building, or is in a conservation area development rights may be more restricted.

Contact us for a free consultation so that we can advise you on the steps and regulations that need to be adhered to, to comply with current legislation therefore avoiding delays. Planning legislation and policy are always changing, so it’s always best to contact your local property experts to keep informed of regulations that may have changed if you are planning development projects in the near future. 

Planning Permission

If you are planning a new build, extension, making a major change to your property, exceeding the limitations of Permitted Development; changing the use of the building, then you will need to complete a proposal and submit a planning application to your local planning authority.

Obtaining Planning Permission and preparing applications are a lengthy process. With our experience, we can navigate you through and eliminate the worry and time consuming requirements, putting forward a convincing case so that you’re more likely to get planning consent granted.

Contact us to arrange a free consultation


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