Your local planning authority (LPA), usually a department of the council, is responsible for deciding whether a proposed development should be allowed to go ahead. This is called planning permission.
Most new buildings, major alterations to existing buildings and significant changes to the use of a building or piece of land need this permission.
However, certain minor building works, known as permitted development, don't need planning permission. This is because the effect of such developments on neighbours or the surrounding environment is likely to be small.
The planning process is concerned mainly with the aesthetical looks of the proposal and the impact on the neighbourhood in general. The planning department concerns are to ensure that the proposed development contributes to the street scene and tries to avoid a design that will devalue the area as well as your own property.
We offer a planning application process for householder planning applications. Either way we will act as your agent applying for planning consent or a lawful development certificate and carry out all negotiations with the planning department.
Once your project has received planning permission, you will be allowed up to 3 years to start your build project.
Please note that Building Regulations approval is a separate matter from obtaining planning permission for your work.
With most projects, technical drawings will be required to comply with building regulations and to provide further technical details to your appointed builder.