NOV 26, 2013

4 mistakes you need to avoid when applying for planning permission

Whether you’re looking to put up an extension on your property, build a home on your new plot of land, or just build something in your backyard there’s one thing you’re going to need.

Planning permission.

And it’s something that everyone who is building somethinghas to get. You can’t just build whatever you want to whenever you want.

The thing is, it can be a little tricky acquiring it. There are a few hoops you’ll have to jump through. This means that there are plenty of mistakes to be made. Some of which are more common than others.

Here we’re going to list the most common mistakes people make when putting forward a planning application so that you can avoid them.

Forgetting about your community

Before you even consider making a planning application, think about the effect your building will have on the community around you.

Is it going to obstruct a neighbour’s view? Will it make more noise than is wanted within the area?

If your surrounding community don’t like your building plan you’ll struggle to gain the permission you need.

You should make sure that you speak to the local community about your proposed idea and if they don’t like it, ask what can be done to meet their requirements.

Ignoring current design

In the design process for your extension or home it’s easy to let your imagination run wild.

This might mean that there are parts of your design that don’t fit in with surround architecture, and building style. That floor to ceiling window. The gargoyle on your roof. The steel conservatory.

This will have a detrimental effect on your planning application.

Always try and keep to the style and design that’s prominent in your area. Speak to an architect about your design and ask them if they think it’s suitable enough.

Not providing all information

Many people don’t realise the amount of information they have to provide when lodging a planning application.

But the more info you give the more chance you have of making a success.

So what kinds of things do you need to provide?

You’ll need to give things like location plans, floor plans, proposed plans and sections, and details of external materials being used.

The more information, the better.

Not hiring help

Too many people think that it’s a simple process.

Unfortunately it isn’t so simple. You should never, ever take on a planning application if you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing.

Here at Planning Matters we can help with your planning application and focus on sustaining heritage, encouraging community conversation, and reserving landscape.

To find out more contact us today. 

Created on 26th November 2013
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