The process of planning your new build is already enough headache, and when you throw in planning permissions and the process of applying for one, you are in for a long ride.
The truth is, no builder will take a shovel to any site without approval from the Local Planning Authority (LPA), meaning this is a route you must take if you still want to achieve your dream of owning your home in the UK.
What is Planning Permission?
The approval or consent given by a local authority for a building project to go ahead is called planning permission, and this consent is in place to eliminate illegal and inappropriate development.
Planning permission is the critical part of transforming a lot, home, or building project into a functional living space. To begin any New Build or alter any pre-existing property, the Local Authority must grant you the rights to carry out the proposed project.
Is Planning Permission Really Important
Where you carry out a project without getting a permit from the LPA, there is a big chance that you will be served an enforcement notice to undo all the alterations you made.
Applying for approval is significantly lower in cost than the cost of removing any changes you made to the property – no professional builder will touch your new build without the necessary rights and approval from the LPA.
According to the regulations, there are certain instances where you need to apply for planning permission and other conditions where you don’t need to submit an application for planning permission;
When is Planning Permission Critical?
- When you are planning a new build
- When altering your building, like loft conversion, home extension, or driveway
- When you are changing the purpose of the building
When is Planning Permission Not Necessary?
Where your proposed project doesn’t affect your neighbor or impacts the environment, planning permission is unnecessary. Other cases where planning permission is not needed are;
- Warehouses and industrial premises
- Signs and advertisements
These projects and some type of loft conversion fall under Permitted Development.
How to Get Planning Permission?
To get planning permission, you need to submit an application to the Local Planning Authority via your local council either in person or online. There are two types of planning permission;
The Outline Planning Permission:- doesn’t give you the approval to begin work. The basic idea is to test if your project will be given consent, meaning that this permission grants license in principle since no design specifics were included in the application.
The Detailed Planning Permission:- Gives you the right to begin work, and it covers the entire detail/plan of your new build, and you must follow the detailed plan on paper to the letter. If there is a chance that your building will deviate from the initial design, you will need to submit it for full planning.
How Much Does it Cost?
Complete application for a new build costs £462. (for extensions or loft conversion, planning permission costs £206). While that is the cost you pay when applying, other charges accrue when you start the application process, such as your new build design fees, surveys, and other additional charges. So, to be on the safer side, consider a minimum budget of £2,100.
Typically, your planning permission will expire after three years unless it is expressly stated.
What is Included in a Planning Permission Application?
- Copies of the application form (5)
- Signed ownership certificate
- Detailed building plan (block plan, site plan, elevations)
- Access and Design Statement
- Application fee
What Happens After You Apply?
Usually, it takes eight weeks to know if your application was approved or not. During this period, a public consultation process occurs so people who can be impacted by the plans can comment. There are certain factors known as material consideration that the local authority bases its decisions on;
- Loss of privacy
- Highway safety
- Impact on conservation areas and listed building
- Density of building
- Government policy
- Previous decisions
What if My Application is Rejected
There are two things you can do from here;
- You can either make the changes and come to an agreement with the Local Authority
- You can appeal the decision.
To help you maneuver these treacherous waters, you can ask for help from a planning officer or leave your application in the hands of your builder. Since they build a lot, they know how to navigate the waters and make the dream home you want.