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A guide to gaining planning permission in the UK

Planning regulations in the UK can be quite tight, depending on where you live and the elements of the surrounding area. Many homeowners seek permission to build on their own land or to develop land elsewhere. The application process can be lengthy and very confusing at times. This article provides a guide to gaining planning permission in the UK.

Who needs planning permission?

Check if you really need planning permission Before you put a halt on your house planning in order to seek planning permission, check to see whether you really need it or not. There are some smaller building developments such as extensions which do not require permission, and there are also permitted developments. Make sure that you check with your local authority. Larger developments and developing land Those who are looking at a big home planning and extensive building work will need to make planning applications. It is important to make sure that you have everything in hand when you make your application, and supporting documents may vary from council to council.

What is the application process?

The application process for planning consent will vary between each local council. Building regulations must be met across a board but your council will vary, depending on the area which surrounds you (such as national parks and green belt land), as well as the opinions of those in the area and other ongoing developments. What you need to apply There are various documents which you will need to support your national and local application. Further details can be found through your local council. You will absolutely need a site location plan, as well as a block plan. To make this whole process easier, you may wish to use the expertise of planning consultants who will be able to help you to organise the documents which you need and to fill in the forms correctly. How to apply The DirectGov website has an online planning permission application. After that has been received, your local council will handle it.

Appealing a planning permission decision

Unfortunately, the planning process does not always go according to plan for everyone and this is where you will want to consider appealing the decision which has been made. You can appeal via a local planning permission tribunal, and as a last resort if you feel that your local councils decision has been particularly unfair, then you can take the matter to the secretary of State. Avoiding an appeal process The best way to avoid an appeal process is to seek expert guidance before you even begin. Talk to planning permission consultants or local solicitors who are familiar with these matters. This might save you a lot of money in the long run.

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