What is planning permission and why do you need it?

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Home & Maker Tue Jul 21 2020 11:05:12 GMT+0100 (British Summer Time)

Lawful development, permitted development & planning permission - what does it all mean? Read on to find out all the different definitions.


Planning permission - an introduction

Planning permission is asking for consent to do a certain piece of building work. It will either be granted (maybe with conditions) or refused. Parliament has given the main responsibility for planning to local authorities known as the Planning Department in your local council. Planning permissions exist to deter inappropriate development and decisions are made in line with national guidance in the form of the national Planning Policy Framework and the local planning policies set out by the local authority.

When do I need planning permission ?

If your project is a completely new building, subdividing an existing home, building works in Designated Areas, altering a listed building or making substantial changes to a building you will most likely require planning permission in order to undertake building works. You may be thinking of applying for planning permission to enhance the value of your home if you want to sell - the prospect of an extra bedroom is certainly an attractive proposal!

Permitted Development - your rights

You can perform certain types of work without needing to apply for planning permission but there are exceptions ( for example: listed buildings, flats or maisonettes), and some areas of the country known as 'designated areas' permitted development rights are restricted. Always consult with your local planning department if you are unsure.

  • You can extend your property by 8m to the rear with a single storey extension.
  • You can extend your property by 6m to the rear with a two storey extension.
  • Side extensions are permitted ( but subject to height and width restrictions).
  • Lofts can be converted to living accommodation.
  • Lofts can be extended by up to 40m cubed for terraces and 50m cubed for semis and detached properties.
  • You can build a porch ( restrictions apply).
  • You can add windows and doors ( restrictions apply).

How long does it take to get planning permission ?

You should find out if your planning application has been approved after eight weeks - (this can be longer if complications arise).The public consultation process takes three to eight weeks involves a sign being posted outside the address relating to the proposed development, neighbours likely to be affected may be contacted and invited to view plans and to comment.

How long does planning permission last?

All planning permissions automatically expire after a certain period unless your permission states otherwise, you will have three years from the date of full consent is granted to begin construction

How much does a planning application cost?

Costs vary across the UK but is currently £462 in England for a full application for a new single dwelling. For home improvers, an application in England for an extension costs £206. The Planning Portal's planning cost calculator can help you work out the cost of your planning project

How Home & Maker can help you with your planning application

With our extensive experience and knowledge of the planning process, the team at Home & Maker are ready to help you understand if your project will qualify under your permitted development rights or if you will need to submit a planning application. Our Planning Application Handling service has everything you will need to navigate your way through the planning maze and to reassure you that your building project is do-able!

Don't delay, book a free consultation call with us now and start your exciting Home & Maker journey to arrive at your happy home ending.

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