Wed 24 Feb 2016
The planning process can be long and laborious, ensure you give yourself plenty of time allowing for the potential that it may not go through on the first attempt, therefore setting back your build/extension for some weeks.
Don’t assume that because another house on the street has had the same extension you’re planning that yours will get passed; planning changes and if theirs has been done for some time it could now be deemed as ‘established’ therefore not requiring planning.
Familiarise yourself with local planning policies.
Visit your local authorities’ website and read up on their useful guidance documents, these will outline parameters against which your application will be judged. Dependant on your local authority you may also be able to pay for ‘pre-application advice’. Whilst this may set you back a few hundred pounds it could save you time and money moving forward in producing an application which may be more likely to get accepted first time round.
Provide sufficient documentation
As a minimum you must provide:
•The standard application form.
•A site plan (or block plan) which shows the proposed development.
•A location plan – showing the site area and surrounding context.
•An ownership certificate
•Agricultural holdings certificate (this is required whether or not the site includes agricultural holding.)
•Design and access statement (if required) – find out more here
•Correct application fee
In addition to the above National requirements your local planning authority may have a further list of specific documentation that is required.
Talk to people
Tell your neighbours before submitting your application, after all you are likely to be living next to them for some time. This could save time further down the line by appeasing someones’ concerns early on in the process. Having said this, an objection from a neighbour may not be crucial as the planning officer is almost certainly scrutinising what they raise already.
Don’t go overboard
There seems to be a mis-conception that if you push the boundaries in the first instance you can then negotiate your plan back to your original idea. Be upfront and honest which should help to cause less delays in the process.
For more in-depth advice visit the Planning Portal.
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