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If your project falls outside the Permitted Development Rules a full Planning Application will be required. This comprises of a set of drawings showing the existing property, in the case of an extension or alteration and the proposed works. A site plan showing how the property sites within its boundaries and a location plan, usually and Ordnance Survey extract relates to its surroundings. For some larger developments additional information is required such as traffic surveys, ecology reports and an Access Statement.
Once the Local Authority has received and validated the application they eight weeks in which pass a decision, although they entitled to request an extension if required. During this time the Local Authority will place an advert in the local press and write to all the neighbouring properties informing them of the application and inviting comments. A notice is also placed at the property, usually an orange or yellow laminated sheet of A4 paper, where it can be viewed from the public highway informing people that an application has been made together with details of how they can view and comment upon it. Copies of the application are also sent to the local Highways department, Conservation Officer, where applicable and Fire Brigade for comment.
Once the public consultation period has elapsed the Planning Officer will compile a report commenting on the suitability of the proposal, outline any comments received and make recommendations for a decision together with any recommendations for conditions which will be attached the permission should it be approved.
Most approvals will have some conditions attached, usually in the form of timescales as to when works must start, usually within three years that all works must be undertaken in accordance with the submitted drawings etc. Examples of other conditions may include a requirement for a window with a view of a neighbouring property to be fitted with obscured glass or the installation of a dropped kerb for a new access way.
The report is then passed to members of the Planning Committee, who normally meet at fortnightly intervals for the final decision to be passed. Members of the public, including the applicant can attended these meetings and make representations to influence the decision.
Listed Building Consent
Where a property is considered to be of Special Architectural or Historical value may be designated as Listed by English Heritage. This places additional restrictions on the type of work which can be undertaken without the need for prior approval. Examples of these works include:
• Replacement windows;
• Stripping out internal plaster work;
• Repairs not carried out in matching materials;
• Exposing timbers and brickwork previously hidden behind plaster or limewash;
• Removal or alteration to internal features such as doors, cupboards, panelling and fireplaces;
• Changes to the plan form of internal rooms;
This list is for guidance only and if there is any doubt as to whether Listed Building Consent is required you should contact your local Planning Department. To find out whether your property is Listed follow the attached link to English Heritage’s website.