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Short Guide To Planning Permission Guidelines

Short Guide To Planning Permission Guidelines

Planning Permission is the required legal ‘green light’ document for turning an existing house or derelict plot of land into a brand new dwelling for your family. It is in place to prevent unlawful developments from taking place and keep all developments in a given area looking in-keeping with the overall building landscape.

Not all developments require planning permission but it is important to seek advice before engaging with a builder to avoid any confusion that may lead to delays later in the project. The process of applying for and obtaining planning permission can be confusing, time-consuming and costly, so this short guide explains the main details involved in obtaining planning permission. 

What is Planning Permission?

Essentially planning permission is the written consent from your local council that your proposed new dwelling can be built, or significant changes to an existing dwelling can be undertaken lawfully.

Is Planning Permission always required?

If you plan on creating a new dwelling or significant alterations/extensions to your existing dwelling then planning permission is likely to be required. 

How Long Does it Take to Get Planning Permission?

You should know if your submission has been approved or rejected within 8 weeks. The submission needs to be reviewed by the local council and a sign posted clearly outside the property for any neighbours to see and comment on, as well as a written document sent to neighbours or posted online to those likely to be affected to ask them to comment.

What factors could affect planning permission being granted?

These are called ‘material planning considerations’.

  • Scale and appearance
  • Effect on neighbouring properties- loss of light / overlooking
  • Impact on a listed building and/or conservation area
  • Access, parking and highway safety
  • Access, parking and highway safety

How much does it cost to obtain planning permission? 

There are two fundamental costs to obtaining planning permission. First, designing and creating the plans and documents to submit to the local council (normally drawn up by a qualified architect), and then the submission of these documents to the local council for review. 

Each county across the UK varies in terms of the fee to put forward plans for planning permission, and the process involved in obtaining it. As a ballpark figure West Berkshire council charges £206 for extensions and alterations to existing homes, and £462 for new dwellings.

How long does planning permission last?

Most planning permission documents will last for a period of 2 – 3 years from the date consent is granted to begin your build. After this expiration date you may need to reapply. 

Who can help?

At Hungerford Design, we are experienced with handling planning applications and have detailed knowledge of relevant planning policies. Get in touch to discuss your planning requirements.

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