Planning permission may be required when thinking of renovating your home, mostly if the changes are significant. Here is what you need to know if you are seeking such approval for the first time.
1. Not all projects need planning permission
The Permitted Development rights mean that you have limitations to the type of construction work you can do without planning permission. The permitted development (PD) rights do not apply to flats and maisonettes. However, most other residential houses have PD rights. If you live in a Conservation such as a park or areas with notable natural attractions, then you will face restricted PD rights. The same thing is applicable for homes that are categories under listed buildings.
If you are lost on this matter, you should get in touch with the local construction planning authority for advice. You will be told of any elements that will restrict you from doing the renovations and whether or not you need to apply for permission for the project.
2. Local authorities can give pre-application advice
If the permitted development rights do not cover the upgrades or renovations, then you should apply for planning permission. You should discuss your application with the local building and planning authority so that you know which requirements to meet before submitting your request. It will help increase the chances of approval. The feedback you get may be non-binding, but it will be sufficient enough to give you an idea of what you need to address to better your chances of your request being approved.
3. There are many different kinds of permission
The nature of your project will determine the planning permission you need. For instance, you should apply for Householder Planning Permission if you are thinking of extending your residential property. If it is a listed building, then you should request for the Listed Building Consent. You can apply for the permission by post after downloading and filling the forms from the local planning authority’s website or doing the application process online via the Planning Portal site.
4. Submitting your building plans is as part of your application
In most cases, you will have to submit two proposals with your application. The two will be supporting documents to qualify your request for approval. The two are location plan that shows the site and surroundings, and the other is the site plan that shows the proposed development. You will have to pay a fee when submitting your application and the charges vary depending on the nature of your renovations. In England, for instance, The Householder Planning Permission will cost £172.
5. The decision process takes time
The planning department of your Local Building and Planning Authority will check your application to confirm that you have met all the requirements and notify you if you have missed anything. If everything is in order, the approval process should take no more than eight weeks with the large, complex development projects taking around thirteen weeks. It is during this waiting period that your neighbors can view the plans and comment about your development intentions. You will have to contact the local planning authority to see their responses.
6. Key considerations to have in mind
The approval process will see the local planning authority take different “material considerations” into account. They can include loss of light, impact on traffic and parking, noise, loss of privacy, as well as highway safety. The authority will also take into consideration the concerns your neighbors raise. However, complaints related to how the development will affect the value of surrounding properties will not be a weight matter.
7. There may be conditions
Once the Planning Permission request is approved, you should ensure that you understand and adhere to any stipulations that may be attached. For instance, you may need consent to use certain types of materials, and the authority may give reasons why you are restricted to a particular kind over another.
8. You can appeal if your application is rejected
If you are not fortunate enough to have your request approved due to conditions that you feel are irrelevant, you should speak to the administration at the local planning authority for clarification. You also can re-apply for the Planning Permission by submitting an amended application, often at no extra costs. You can do the amending and resubmit your application online at the Planning Portal Service page.