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How To Make A Successful Planning Permission Application (Part 2)

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the first part of Home Building and Renovating Magazine’s How to Make A Successful Planning Permission Application guide. To finish this short series of posts, we’re writing the rest of the important things you need to know and do to have a successful application with your local authority.



Waiting time for the decision
If all goes well for your extensions and single dwellings application, it may take about eight weeks or less which is the target of the Government. What you should look out for are objections and unexpected problems which may further the target date. To lessen any problems, join the preapplication discussions to know what your local authority’s guidelines and rules are to have a view of what they want in your project. After that, you may submit an application.
Basic requirements of planning permission
Each location has a different set of requirements but a typical application should have: five copies of application forms, a site plan, the signed ownership certificate, block plan an elevations of both the existing and proposed sites, and a Design and Access Statement.
Apart from those, you need to have the correct fee for the application. For improvements to an existing house, the fee usually rangers at around £100-200 while £172 for extensions/renovations in England. If you have an application for a new home, England requires £385, while £330 and £319 in Wales and Scotland respectively.
What is permitted development and what would I need planning permission for?
Permitted Development (PD) is the amount of space permitted to each homeowner wherein they are free to build anything on it and usually ranges from 50m³ to 70m³. You can technically build anything in your PD without planning permission as long as satisfy other criteria within the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) and there is still available space. 
In general, anything that creates a new house, whether by building from scratch or not, needs planning permission especially if the size of the development is more than half of the space of the land around the original house would be installed with additions. This basically means as long as you have available PD space, it doesn’t go beyond half the size of the original home’s size, and other criteria set on GPDO, you can proceed with your development without planning permission. Special locations such as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Conservation Areas need planning permission.
Are there any recent changes by the Government regarding the planning applications? 
The only change approved was in April 2008. The National Standard Planning Application Form (1APP) has now become the only official method of submitting a planning application for most of planning permission, including works for listed buildings. This will make the life of the general public and planning professionals easier.
Designing your own house?
If you are planning to design a house yourself, just make sure that your application drawings and associated application submission are well-presented and that it covers all the bases. Passing a poor submission might not convince officers and elected members. The visual appeal of your application can affect the result of your application.
If you have other questions regarding approval term effectiveness, Design and Access statement, approval with conditional to a section 106 agreement, and barn upgrades, make sure you visit the Home Building and Renovating Magazine’s post.
Before designing or building a conservatory, make sure you have read this two-part series. We hope this has helped you with your planning permission questions. Send us a message for any inquires.

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