Spring is the perfect time to get your property in order, the grass becomes greener, the flowers are in bloom, the days are getting longer and its the start for something new.

Spring is also a good time for planning…and as a self-builder, you will have the choice of either buying a plot with existing planning permission or to speculate yourself and achieve planning permission for exactly what you want.

Either way, you need to have an understanding of the planning process because having the right permission is the only way you will be able to build the house of your dreams!

The process of applying for planning permission is usually long and painful, however, the end-game, the house of your dreams, should make it all worthwhile!

Here at the JDW Architects, we can handle the whole process for you, making it as seamless and hassle-free as possible. Here are our tried and tested top tips:

1. Don’t build what you haven’t got planning permission for

The failure to obtain planning permission or comply with its detail is commonly known as a ‘planning breach.’ Whilst the breach is not itself illegal, at worse it can lead to the council issuing enforcement notice requiring you to put things back as they were.  

2. Check Planning Portal Website

Find out whether your home improvement, development or project needs planning permission or building regulations approval. You can get visual clarification of the permitted development rules for specific projects and help to plan on what your next steps to begin building are. Additionally, the portal can help you ensure you’re compliant throughout the project’s life-cycle, and that the completion is on time and within the budget.

3. Find out from local authority website if you live in a conservation area

Where development is proposed in a conservation area, the council must give special attention to whether the planned development would preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the conservation area. This does not mean an area must remain unchanged, however, there are special controls on demolishing buildings. Sometimes councils also restrict ‘permitted development rights’ which would otherwise allow some development to take place without planning permission.

4. Check local authority requirements

Local authorities will have different requirements when it comes to submitting planning applications. It is imperative to check what supporting documents are needed before submission to avoid lengthy delays. Whilst you are doing this it may also be advisable to check through previous planning applications to see how the local policies are applied – look out for a building control section or search by services offered.

5. Hire a planning consultant

One option that will guarantee these potential speed bumps are actioned to the letter is hiring a planning consultant. Here at JDW Architects we can manage and monitor the progress of your application, ensuring all deadlines are met, the paperwork is correct, and there is a continuous liaison with the council to address any concerns that may arise.

JDW Architects

With our wide range of expertise, we work to deliver the best possible solutions for our clients. If you need advice on your planning application, please speak to a member of our team: 016 3324 5020 or email us at info@jdwarchitects.com.

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