A Guide to Completing Planning Applications

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If you have your heart set on a home improvement that requires Planning Permission you must submit a planning application to your Local Authority. However, in order to ensure your Planning Application has the best chance of success you will need to roll your sleeves up and do some research.

Prior to starting it is vital to confirm if there are any special controls that apply to the property that you need to be aware of. For example, is it a listed building, in a conservation area or in an area of outstanding natural beauty?  Furthermore, you are more likely to get approval if your proposal fits in with the Local Plan, if there is one. So it is worth checking if your proposals relate to that Plan in any way.

Once you have decided exactly what form your home improvement will take and what, if any, special controls relate to your property, you should approach your local authority for pre-application advice. They will be able to tell you whether you need planning permission and, if you do, any key issues that you need to be aware of when submitting you Application. If, after looking at your proposal, they think its chances of being passed are poor, they will be able to advise on what you should do. (There may be a charge for this service.)

When you have a proposal you are confident about you can move on to the next step – preparing your application. It is vital that all of the correct forms are completed and submitted accompanied by the supporting documents requested. Failure to do so puts your application at risk of being rejected.

Planning Applications can be made either online at PlanningPortal.co.uk or in person, using the forms supplied by your local authority.

In broad terms the submission process is the same whether it is completed online or in person. If you are planning on making a paper based submission, please bear the following in mind:

  • Application Form – this should be completed in its entirety. There are also a few forms that look similar, so make sure you choose the correct one;
  • Land ownership certificate – you will find a blank copy of this form accompanies the Planning Application Form. The certificate should be completed and signed appropriately;
  • Plans – these should be drawn to the correct scale
  • Supporting documents and fees – your application must be accompanied by all necessary supporting documents and any fees due

Where your application relates to land or buildings that belong to someone else, or the land or property is tenanted, then it may be prudent to seek advice from an appropriately qualified advisor.

There is no guarantee that your application will be a success. However, by following the steps laid out above you have the best chance possible of submitting a successful application.

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