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DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION? 

The construction of new buildings, substantial alterations and additions or a fundamental change of use of land or buildings will, in most cases, require planning permission.

Planning permission is not generally needed for internal alterations to buildings that do not affect their structure or external appearance, for small external works, or most works of repair and maintenance. However you should always check first.

Different planning requirements apply in Conservation Areas or for Listed Buildings.

However, there are some forms of development, which do not require planning consent, or are granted consent by statute or other statutory instrument.

You have certain Permitted Development Rights for both domestic and commercial proposals.

Changes of use may also be permitted without requiring planning permission, These are set out in the Use Classes Order .

YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK WHETHER PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FOR YOUR PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT.

Below are a number of regular questions and answers with useful links:-

DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION TO:-

EXTEND MY HOUSE

Possibly. But you have certain permitted development rights that allow extensions without permission. Click here to find out more.

BUILD A GARAGE / SHED / SWIMMING POOL

Possibly. But you have certain permitted development rights that allow new buildings within residential property without permission. Click here to find out more.

EXTEND MY GARDEN INTO ADJOINING FIELDS / PADDOCKS

Almost certainly YES. Check with your Local Planning Department. Agricultural land cannot usually be turned into 'garden' without planning permission.

PUT A CARAVAN IN MY GARDEN

Possibly. But you have certain permitted development rights that allow caravans within residential curtilages without permission. Click here to find out more.

USE MY PROPERTY FOR HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION

At the moment domestic property can generally be used for holiday purposes without necessarily causing a change of use to occur. But check for limiting planning conditions that may apply to your property.

USE MY HOLIDAY HOME TO LIVE IN PERMANENTLY

This depends upon the circumstances. A house used for holiday purposes may not give rise to a change of use, but if the property was erected specifically for holiday purposes then planning conditions may limit the occupation. A planning permission would be required for a change of use in those circumstances.

ERECT A WALL / FENCE

Possibly. But you have certain permitted development rights that allow fences / walls etc to be without permission. Click here to find out more.

INSTALL A TV AERIAL OR SATELLITE DISH

Possibly. But you have certain permitted development rights that allow some installations without permission. Click here to find out more.

DEMOLISH A BUILDING

Demolition does not usually require planning permission except in certain circumstances, but you cannot then rebuild on the site without planning permission. Demolition of Listed Buildings requires Listed Building Consent and special provisions apply in Conservation Areas. For more information click here.

CONVERT AN OFFICE TO A FLAT

You will need to obtain planning permission for a change of use.

TURN MY CAR SHOWROOM INTO A SHOP

 

 


INSTALL REPLACEMENT GLAZING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USE MY GARAGE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL LIVING ACCOMMODATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSTRUCT A MEANS OF ACCESS FROM THE ROAD TO MY PROPERTY

Until recently by virtue of the General Permitted Development Order and the Use Classes Order a car showroom could be converted into a Shop (Use Class A1) without planning permission. Changes to the Use Classes Order now preclude such changes and planning permission is required.

Usually this will be treated for planning purposes as permitted development, but there are some specific circumstances where planning permission will be required.
These are:-

Where the property is a Listed Building

Where the Property is in a Conservation Area

Where there are limiting conditions applicable to the property

From April 2002 all replacement glazing comes under the scope of the Building Regulations for thermal insulation purposes.

Planning permission is not usually required for attached or integral garages to wholly residential properties as the garage and living accommodation are both ancillary to the residential use of the property. You should check to make sure that no specific planning conditions prevents such a change. This may occur on more recently built properties where a condition is applied to ensure the garage is retained solely for parking of a car.

Changing a garage door to a flush window, or internal alterations only, will not usually require consent, but a bay window might.

Detached garages should be checked with the planning department as they may require permission in some circumstances.

Building Regulation approval will be required in all circumstances.

Planning permission is required if you answer YES to any of the following:-

1.       Is the means of access onto a classified road?

2.       Will the means of access be constructed independently of any other development such as a garage?

A classified road will include all trunk roads, A and B roads and some other roads.  Check with your planning department.

 ERECT POLYTUNNELS ON MY FARMLAND

 In a planning appeal case reported in 'Planning' 10th December 2004 an Inspector found that the erection of growing tunnels at a Garden Centre constituted building operations for which planning permission was required. A full extract of the case can be found by clicking here.