Applying for planning permission can be a more difficult task than first thought as there is a lot to consider and think about. Whether you need to apply will depend on numerous variables such as the size of the project and the level of permitted development rights that may apply to the property in question. The construction of a new building, structure or making changes to existing buildings usually requires planning permission from the local planning authority.
If you do require planning permission, you will quickly realise that the process can be somewhat tedious. However, we have created this step-by-step guide to help you understand the process whilst hopefully making a successful application.
How to Start an Application
Once you have decided what changes you want to make or what you want to build, you will need to apply for planning permission. The first thing that you will need to do is submit an application to your local authority, as all applications are required to be submitted on standard forms.
One of the best ways to make sure you are doing everything you can during your application is to seek the assistance of a professional. For example, here at Martin Perry Associates, we offer an all-inclusive service which includes preparation and submission of drawings and the application, as well as assistance all the way through to Building Regulations details.
How is the Decision Made?
There are many factors that your local authority will consider when looking at your application. Some of these factors are known as ‘material considerations’ which can include the following:
- Loss of light
- Previous planning decisions
- Nature conservation
- Loss of privacy
In England and Wales, neighbours will often be invited to makes their own comments with parish councils, and only objections which are based on material considerations will be taken into account. If the neighbours are happy with the proposal, they will often grant planning permission for householder application using delegated powers.
However, if any objections arise or the application is called into a committee by one of the local councillors, then the final decision will be made by a majority vote by the planning committee.
Things to Consider
When you are making your application, there are many things to consider that you may not have thought about. Most planning applications usually require you to submit two plans as the supporting documents; this includes a site plan which shows the site in detail and a location plan which will show the surrounding area as well as the site. Additionally, there will also be some mandatory documents you will need to support your application.
In addition to submitting documentation, you will also be required to pay a fee for your application. However, the cost of this will depend on the type of development you are planning.
Another point to consider is that if your planning application is approved, there may be some conditions attached. For example, you may need to get additional approval for certain aspects such as the materials which will be used before you can continue the work; although, your local authority will have to give reasons for these additional conditions.
However, if your planning application is rejected, or has even been approved with conditions that you don’t necessarily agree with, you should speak with your local planning authority. By doing this, you may be able to submit an amended application. Additionally, if you believe that the decision is unreasonable, you can submit a planning appeal.
As you can see, there are many things to consider when submitting a planning application. However, to make the process easier for you, it is recommended that you seek the help of a professional. Here at Martin Perry Associates, we can help you during your application process by assisting you during the whole process. If you have any questions regarding your planning applications, Cornwall, then please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01579 345777.