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Planning Committees Explained

on Monday, 25 June 2018. Posted in Industry News

Planning Committees Explained

Whilst everyone hopes for a smooth ride when they submit a planning application, decisions can sometimes be controversial. Even the simplest of schemes may raise a few eyebrows or cause concerns, and controversy is almost certainly heightened due to the openness of the planning system, which invites public opinion.

Nevertheless, decision making should be based on an informed judgement, which balances competing interests against local and national planning policy. Therefore, to ensure that decision making is fair, contentious proposals, whether big or small, are frequently decided at Planning Committee.

Do I need Planning Permission to use a paddock or field as part of my garden?

on Wednesday, 30 May 2018. Posted in Industry News, Company News

Do I need Planning Permission to use a paddock or field as part of my garden?

The use of a field, paddock or other agricultural land for domestic purposes (such as additional garden land for your home) requires planning permission as it constitutes a material change of use, as set out in section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. If you change the use of land without planning permission, you are likely to face Enforcement Action from your local Council.

 

How to Appeal a Planning Decision?

on Monday, 14 May 2018. Posted in Industry News

How to Appeal a Planning Decision?

If your planning application is refused, or approved with conditions that you are not happy with, you can appeal to the Planning Inspectorate for a final decision. You can also appeal against ‘non-determination’ if the statutory 8 week (or 13 week for major applications) deadline has passed and a decision still hasn’t been made. The Planning Inspectorate makes the decision on your appeal and is completely independent of your Local Planning Authority.