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How To Make A Successful Planning Permission Application (Part 1)


Congratulations! You’ve the ideal lot to build your home or structure. However, the land you’re eying might be of concern to local authorities.  What makes a piece of land suitable for building and what could be the issues that need to be addressed? shares the information for a successful planning permission application.


A successful planning permission application requires careful consideration and working with government requirements and standards


The Location

The first and most important thing to determine is to find out if your plot falls inside the local “Development Boundary”.  This protects the countryside from indiscriminate building. If you are building your home outside of the development boundary, your application will not be approved.  


The Neighbours

The impact of your development to your neighbours is of important consideration to planning authorities.  When your structure is being designed, be considerate about how certain parts of the development are affecting their home.  Building work should not be overbearing. It pays to talk to neighbours about your plan to get a win-win situation.


The Roads/Highways

Your plot may be gorgeous and your neighbours may already agree with your plans, but if you do not have legal right of access, your land is useless. Check with the highway authority whether the land you are eying or purchasing is indeed free to access roads and highways.  If there is no access, create one that sticks with highway safety guidelines.  


Sustainability is a key concept to use when applying for planning permission. If your plot has easy access to public transport links, or can be accessed by foot or bike, make sure to highlight this information.


Constraints on Conservation

Your land may be situated in a picturesque local, be sure it doesn’t fall within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, article 4 Direction or a Conservation Area.  If you want to pursue building in these locations, special considerations must be given on how the development will impact the land and the locality.


You must present a well-thought planning application that addresses policy issues related to the limitations.  Consider creating a good design and a sensitive scheme to present.  


Flooding Concerns

The torrential rains that happened last summer affected many parts of the country.  This highlighted problems in relation to building on or near floodplains and waterways.  Consult with the Environment Agency in flood area information. Flooding can be a serious constraint and leads to refused applications and higher planning costs due to the need for flood risk assessment as well as specialist advice.


These are the first things to consider when applying for planning permission. Stay tuned for part 2. In the meantime, tell us your tips for successful planning permission application. 


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