The planning process can be quite complicated however below are some of the frequently asked questions.
This approval is a legal requirement should you wish to construct a new home or make significant modifications to your existing home.
If you proceed and construct a building on a building plot or make alterations to your home without permission you could be breaking the law and may be prosecuted and also enforced to remove the new addition at your expense.
No, very unlikely as solicitors very often nowadays look for all planning approvals during property searches and usually advise their clients not to proceed with the purchase until the necessary approvals have been obtained.
Permission is required for the following:
· A new dwelling
· House extensions to existing dwellings
· You want to make additions or extensions to a flat or maisonette
· You want to divide off part of your house for use as a separate home e.g. a self-contained flat or bed-sit
· Use a caravan in your garden as a home
· You want to build a separate house in your garden
· You want to divide off part of your home for business or commercial use
· You want to build a parking place for a commercial vehicle at your home
· You want to build something which goes against the terms of the original planning e.g. fencing in an open plan development
· The work you want to do might obstruct the view of road users
No, you do not need planning permission to carry out internal alterations or work which does not affect the external appearance of the building.
No, you do not need planning permission to let one or two of your rooms to lodgers so long as the main use remains that of a private residence.
There are three types of approvals applicable to dwelling houses:
Outline Planning Approval
This building plan approval establishes the principle of a development and as such detailed plans will not normally be required. Outline permission applications can only be made when the proposal involves the erection of a new dwelling.
Once outline is approved you should then apply for Reserved Matters approval. This application provides the architectural detail drawings for the proposal and should comply with the conditions of the outline approval and should be submitted within 3 years. Details include detailed plans and drawings to show location, design and external appearance of the development, the means of access to the development and landscaping.
Full Planning Permission
Full planning applications must be made for the following types of development:
· Extensions outside the scope of permitted development
· Applications for retrospective planning permission
· For a change of use of land or buildings
· The carrying out of mining, engineering or operations other than building operations
· Full applications are also appropriate when the principle of the proposed development is acceptable in planning terms Contour Architectural can help determine the type of planning application you should make.
Depending on the type of application a decision could take up to several months. The Planning Service should be able to give an idea about what the likely timetable will be.
You will need to apply for permission to extend or add to your house in the following circumstances:
· You want to build an extension which would be nearer to any road than the original house was
· More than half the area of land around the original house would be covered by the new extension or any other buildings
· The extension is higher than the highest part of the roof of the “original house”
· Any part of the extension is more than 4 metres high and is within 3 metres of the boundary of your property
· For a terraced house (incl. end terrace) where the volume of the “original house” is increased by more than 10% or 50 cubic metres (whichever is the greater)
· For any house in a Conservation Area where the volume of the “original house” is increased by more than 10% or 50 cubic metres (whichever is the greater)
· For any other house outside those areas, the volume of the “original house” is increased by more than 15% or 70 cubic metres (whichever is the greater)
Yes, if the proposed has:
· A ground area (measured externally) exceeding 2M2
· Higher than 3M above ground level
· Less than 2M away from the boundary of a dwelling house with a public highway
· The fence or wall is above 1M next to a vehicular road
· The fence or wall above 2M elsewhere
· Your house is listed or close to a listed type building
In some cases it is possible to construct an extension or alternation to your home without the need for permission provided you meet specific requirements. These requirements are more restrictive in designated areas e.g. conservation areas. This legislation is quite complex and we at Contour Architectural can consult with the planning authorities to be sure that you are not contravening planning legislation.
In addition to planning approval your project may require building control approval.