Planning permission is a crucial step in any building project. It ensures that new developments and changes to existing structures adhere to the regulations set by the local planning authority (LPA).
There are instances where planning permission is not required, such as projects that fall under “permitted development rights” like industrial premises or warehouses. But, in most cases, you’ll need to apply for planning permission if you’re looking to build something new or make significant changes to your building, such as an extension or a change in use.
To find out if your project requires planning permission, you can reach out to your local council and the LPA. If your project requires planning permission and you proceed without obtaining it, you risk being served an “enforcement notice,” ordering you to undo all changes. However, if you believe your project will have no impact on your neighbors or the environment, it’s always a good idea to double-check with your LPA.
In some cases, building projects that benefit the local community and are supported by it may be exempt from the normal planning permission process. This is possible through “neighbourhood planning,” where the community can directly grant planning permission.
After you apply for planning permission, the LPA will assess your project based on the development plan and consider factors such as the number and appearance of buildings, infrastructure, and the impact on the surrounding area. Planning applications are usually decided within 8 weeks, but for larger or complex applications, it may take up to 13 weeks.
If your application is refused, you can try to come to an agreement with the LPA by adjusting your plans. If that doesn’t work, you have the option to appeal. However, appeals can take several months to be resolved, and you can only appeal if the LPA has refused your application, imposed conditions you object to, or failed to make a decision within the deadline.
In conclusion, planning permission is an essential aspect of any building project, and it’s crucial to understand when it’s required and the process involved. Reach out to your local council and LPA for guidance and ensure you follow the regulations to avoid any legal issues down the road.