MAR 4, 2014

Frequently asked questions about planning permission

So you’ve moved into a new home. Everything is perfect.

Well... almost everything. There are few things you want to alter and add. Like a loft conversion – the perfect place to act as your study.

But have you considered the fact you might need planning permission?

Do you need it for your project?

Depending on your alterations you might not need planning permission at all. Smaller jobs like a roof retiling or a window replacement won’t need any permission.

It’s the larger jobs that generally need it. Things like adding an extension or converting your loft. If you live in a listed building then you’re going to need planning permission to do pretty much anything to the property.

If you’re unsure get in touch.

Which application?

There are a few different applications for certain jobs. The easiest option would be to hire a company like ourselves to work through the planning application on your behalf. But if you’d rather go it alone, there are a number of places you can apply. One such place can be done online via the Planning Portal here.

How much will it cost?

Obviously, the price will be dependent on the project. The application cost for an extension on a house for example would be around £150.

How long will it take?

The decision on your application can take up to 8 weeks and sometimes even longer, dependent on the project.

What happens if it’s refused?

Your application might be accepted with conditions. If it is approved with conditions you’ll have to contact them again before starting the work. If it is refused, you do have the right to appeal which is something we can help you with here at Planning Matters.

Remember, the appeal can be a lengthy process so it’s best to convince them of the benefits on your first go round. And this might require a more experienced hand.

To find out more about gaining planning permission feel free to get in touch with us today. We’re always happy to help and can help ensure that your planning proposal is approved. 

Created on 4th March 2014
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