Planning Applications

Planning Permission & Planning Applications

Section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act states that “development” means the carrying out of the building, engineering, mining or operations in, on, over or under land, or materially changing the use of any buildings or other lands. Any new development typically requires planning permission and consequently, the submission of a planning application.

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Typical examples of development requiring planning permission include the creation of new dwellings (either from changing the use of an existing building, subdividing an existing dwelling or erecting a building from scratch) and changing the use of land or buildings.

In most cases, extensions to buildings will also require planning permission. However, if you are making small alterations or extensions to your home, these works may be classed as permitted development and allowed without planning permission.

What are Permitted Development Rights?

Householders can improve and extend their homes using permitted development rights, without the need to obtain planning permission. The amount of works permitted without planning permission varies depending on where you live, the scale and siting of the proposal and if there are other planning constraints. However, the most common types of development usually permitted without planning permission include:

  • Extensions;
  • Conservatories;
  • Porches;
  • Outbuildings;
  • Loft conversions;
  • Fences, gateways and garden walls;
  • Doors and windows;
  • Patio and driveways;
  • Decking.

Permitted Development rights are not restricted to just householders. There are some forms of permitted development which allow:

  • Changes of use;
  • Temporary buildings and uses;
  • Development relating to agricultural and forestry;
  • Non-domestic alterations and extensions;

We always advise that you check you are entitled to permitted development rights before you undertake any new development. In some cases, permitted development rights have been removed or restricted, meaning that planning permission is required. If you undertake works which are not classed as permitted development, you risk planning enforcement action or removal of your permitted development rights altogether. Worst case, you will have to remove or take down the development you have untaken, wasting time and money.

Do I have Permitted Development Rights?

There are circumstances where you cannot undertake certain forms of development because some or all your permitted development rights have been removed. In these cases, you will require a planning application.

Typical examples where your permitted development rights may have been removed include:

  • The implementation of an Article 4 Direction (this is where the Local Planning Authority removes all or some of the permitted development rights in an area)
  • A previous planning application containing a planning condition, which restricts certain forms of permitted development
  • If you live in:
    • A Conservation Area;
    • A National Park;
    • An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty;
    • A World Heritage Site; or
    • The Norfolk or Suffolk Broads
  • Your building relates to a Listed Building

How can I check that my proposal is classed as Permitted Development?

To seek confirmation from the Local Planning Authority that your proposed works are classed as permitted development, we can prepare and submit a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Use of Development (CLOPUD) on your behalf to the Council.

This is an application where the Local Planning Authority examines your proposal and issues a decision as to whether your development constitutes permitted development. This application conclusively establishes that a proposed development is lawful and therefore, will not run the risk of future enforcement action by the Council.

This is an application where the Local Planning Authority examines your proposal and issues a decision as to whether your development constitutes permitted development. This application conclusively establishes that a proposed development is lawful and therefore, will not run the risk of future enforcement action by the Council.

Professional planning application advice

Our experienced team of planning consultants coordinate the planning application on your behalf, liaising with your architect, preparing a strong case and negotiating with the council’s planning officers. We have an impressive track record of success in securing full planning permission for our clients across different sectors - helping to avoid delays and saving you money.

Assembling and submitting the planning application is only half of our job, and once submitted we will keep in regular contact with the local planning officer to address queries and resolve any issues quickly. We can also consult with residents and community organisations – meeting with them one-to-one and keeping them informed throughout. By ensuring good communication from the start, we can give you the best chance of a successful outcome.

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+44 (0)1722 638 008
info@atlasplanninggroup.co.uk

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