If you’ve decided to renovate your home or add an extension, then congratulations, you’re about to embark on an exciting, incredibly rewarding and sometimes very disruptive journey. Depending on a variety of factors from what the renovation is, the type of property you own and the area which your property is in, you may need to apply for planning permission. Planning permission will go through your local council and it is your chance to let them know how you intend to alter your property. For some people, this process can be a lot to handle, so if you would like it done quickly and efficiently please don’t hesitate to contact us at The Stable Workshop.
Planning permission, in a nutshell, is your local council giving you permission to go ahead with your home renovation or extension. The local council and the planning office associated with it will consider a variety of factors before accepting or rejecting your planning proposal. These factors can include, but are not limited to:
It is also worth noting that your neighbours will likely be consulted by the planning office during this period. If there are any objections from your neighbours, then your planning permission may be put to a committee vote.
Whilst there are no hard-and-fast rules as to which projects definitely do not require planning permission, there are some general themes which generally allow you to weigh up the likelihood of needing it. Projects such as loft and basement conversions, internal remodelling and conservatories often do not need planning permission. On the other hand, excavations, house extensions or changing one large house into several small flats will require planning permission. We advise asking a professional before deciding that you do not need planning permission, as it can be extremely expensive if you end up building illegally.
If you decide to build without planning permission, you risk some quite serious consequences. If you own a non-listed property, the punishment for building without permission usually involves demolition of the structure during or after the work has been completed. Having your extension or renovation demolished is likely to cost you time, money and make you quite unfavourable at the planning office. If you are unsure whether you need planning permission, please seek advice!
If you own a listed property, then the punishment for building or renovating without permission can be considerably worse. As listed buildings are considered to be of special architectural and historical importance, changes to these buildings without permission goes against the idea of preserving them for future generations. Punishment for building or renovating a listed building without planning permission can lead to prosecution.
It is estimated that 80% of planning permission submitted correctly are accepted, so the often large worry of rejection isn’t as big as many think! If your planning permission does get rejected, then you need to find out why and address the issues associated or simply appeal the rejection. If you’re at this stage, please do let us know as we’d love to help.