Looking for planning advice? We often meet with Clients who are unsure whether they need planning permission for their next project. We understand it can be a minefield with changes to the guidance provided, but we take our time to make sure we are fully up to date with all of the legislation and do our best to make it understandable and work effectively for your project ideas. The formal line from the Government states:
Planning permission is only needed if the work being carried out meets the statutory definition of ‘development’ which is set out in section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
- building operations (eg structural alterations, construction, rebuilding, most demolition);
- material changes of use of land and buildings;
- engineering operations (eg groundworks);
- mining operations;
- other operations normally undertaken by a person carrying on a business as a builder.
- subdivision of a building (including any part it) used as a dwellinghouse for use as 2 or more separate dwelling houses
We can help work through these with you to make the path to your project approval as easy as possible.
If it is not necessary to make a planning application, are there any other steps required before the development goes ahead?
Even if a planning application is not needed, other consents may be required under other regimes. The following list is not exhaustive but illustrates some of the other permissions or consents that may need to be obtained before carrying out development:
- works to protected trees
- advertisement consent
- listed building consent
- hazardous substances consent
- environmental permits/licences
- building regulations
- Scheduled ancient monument consent
Again we are on hand to liaise with the Local Authorities, and professional agencies to get the desired result for your project.
We are here for all of your planning needs.