How long does it take to get Planning Permission?
When it is summertime, it is also the time for extending houses! However, planning permission is needed to give yourself the extra space that you need and create the home you always dreamed of, in the form of a loft conversion or an extension. If you are considering extending your house, let’s see how long it takes to get Planning Permission.
When you need Planning Permission, how long will it take? A Planning application is usually finalized within 8 weeks. However, this duration might vary according to the planning application complexity. Normally, household planning applications and minor planning applications are finalized by the Council within 8 weeks. However, large or controversial developments' planning applications might take up to 13 weeks. Further, if a planning application is subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment, then it usually takes 16 weeks to be assessed by the Council. Studio20 Architecture provides detailed information and assistance about the duration of the planning application assessment. To sum up, your application takes: 8 weeks if it is a Household or minor planning application. 13 weeks if it is large or controversial development. 16 weeks if it is subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment. After the planning application has been submitted by you, what happens? Engaging with an Architect who will be the agent for your application, for both submitting your planning application and managing the application process for you is very significant for the planning projects. Studio 20 Architecture assists you professionally to find the type of application that is suitable for the project. When the planning application has been successfully submitted, it has to be validated. This validation is an essential check to investigate whether the information supplied is correct. The validation check is usually completed within one week. Besides, this process does not affect your application's timeline. After this process, a 21-day period of consultation for neighbors and/or utility companies starts. This consultation process is carried out to take into account your neighbors' comments on your planning application. Therefore, speaking with your neighbors about your planning application beforehand is useful since they might not be completely pleased with your proposal. It is beneficial if they hear your proposal from you directly.
Is it necessary to notify the neighbors about your plans to build an extension? Informing your neighbors about your proposal and allowing them to comment on is very crucial for your application's success. Every application must have a notice pinned to a nearby lamppost. Moreover, the Council notifies the direct neighbors about your planning application. Therefore, your neighbors will find out about your extension plans eventually. It is beneficial for both your relationships with your neighbors and for the sake of the project to be completed successfully that you talk to your neighbors about the extension plans in advance. How do Planning Officers assess planning applications? Planning application assessment is carried out in two phases: External planning application assessment and internal planning application assessment. Both phases take up to 4 weeks. During the external planning application assessment, your application is viewed by individuals and/or companies that may be affected by your planning application. Examples of such parties are your neighbors and utility companies. They add comments either in favor or against your application. These positive and/or negative comments may or may not be taken into account by the planning officer. During the internal planning application assessment, your application is viewed by a planning officer. The planning officer assigned to your project investigates the area and decides on how the development you suggest will fit in. The planning officer assigned to your project will also have meetings with other planning officers for additional comments concerning your project. Then the planning application will be reviewed again with the research and comments made. The decision concerning your planning project will be either approval or refusal. If your planning application is approved, then the process will continue in your favor. If your planning application is refused, and you do not agree with the reasons for refusal, you can submit an appeal. Your appeal will be sent to the Planning Inspectorate who is independent of the planning authority, and the planning inspectorate will check your planning application thoroughly to decide if the planning officer’s decision needs to be discerned. This process usually takes up to 13 weeks in terms of reaching a final decision concerning your planning application. What happens if the Planning Application gets refused? Despite every effort made to get a positive result at the Planning Stage, refusals might happen in planning applications. Usually, if a minor amendment is needed for the Council to pass the planning application, they allow the arrangement of such amendments within 8 weeks. If more time is required to provide better information, the Council may accept it. However, if the planning proposal is harming the area or neighbors, the Council can refuse it. In such situations, you will receive reasons for refusal, which may hopefully allow you and your advisor Architect to make the required adjustments to the proposal and resubmit it. Besides, the Council does not charge a fee to re-submit the planning application in such cases. If you deduce that any kind of amendment would not make your planning proposal acceptable or even though it is refused you have a strong claim that the planning application should be acceptable by the Council, then you can appeal the decision. Appeals are more commonly found on larger development-type projects rather than smaller planning applications. The appeal process might take up to 6 months and it requires a large amount of information to be produced by your architects. After all the necessary documents are prepared, it still is by no means guaranteed. Is it possible to alter your plans once full permission has been approved? Once planning permission has been approved for the extension project, minor alterations such as moving a door a few centimeters may be considered negligible or “deminimalist” by the Council. However, major alterations such as adding bedrooms or changing the roof pitch could lead to a further planning application. Besides, minor issues that are considered non-negligible may be dealt with by applying for a non-material amendment. For bigger changes, you can apply to have planning conditions altered.
How long does planning permission last? Unless your planning permission says otherwise, you have 3 years, from the date it was granted, to begin building your home extension. However, if you have not started work on your extension project by then, you may need to reapply to the Council about planning permission.
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