Getting planning permission for a building project can seem like an enormous task, especially for first-time builders. Here, we breakdown the planning process to make it as easy as possible.
The planning application
In order to submit your planning application, you will need the following:
- The standard application form
- Supporting Documents, i.e.:
- Location plan
- Site Plan
- An ownership certificate, to verify ownership of the property
- Agricultural holdings certificate
- Design and access statement (if required)
- Correct application fee. You can calculate the correct fee for your application by using the Portal’s fee calculator.
The next step?
Submitting your planning application to your local authority for approval. Once the planning application has been submitted, you will receive an email receipt with information specific to you. The county council must then decide if your planning application will fit with the local planning authorities (LPA) development plan.
How long before a decision is made?
Typically, you will be notified of a decision within 8 weeks, unless there is exceptional circumstances in which case it will be extended to 13 weeks.
You will receive a letter with the decision of the planning authority i.e. whether planning is granted or refused.
If planning is granted?
Make sure obligations (that can accompany permission) are fulfilled, if necessary. Generally planning permission expires after 3 years, unless stated otherwise. This means you have three years from the date it’s granted to begin your development.
If planning is refused?
If you are unhappy with the refusal, talk to the local authority planning department. Ask if changing plans would make a difference and if so, you may be able to reapply free of charge within 12 months.
You can also appeal the refusal to the Secretary of State within six months of refusal. This is a lengthy process and typically used in a last resort situation.