Top tips for planning success
Speak to a local planner
They will be able to advise whether an extension or remodel is possible for your property.
Do your homework
Prior to purchasing the property check with planning policies and the local development plan that these do not oppose development of your property or building.
Research possible objections that may come up such as, conservation issues, public footpaths and protected trees before making your application. Local history, for example, may suggest use of particular materials for your project.'If your application meets resistance, withdraw it to save time'
Keep the neighbours on side
Speak to your neighbours and keep them fully informed of your plans. It’s far better to have them with you than against.
How architects can help
They’ll have plenty of experience of getting applications through the planning process and tackling any problems that should arise.
Applications facing opposition
If your application meets resistance, withdraw it and save time rather than waiting around for possible refusal.
Don’t just tweak the design. Go back to basics. Call in a planning consultant or consider changing your architect if your application meets repeated difficulties. If you strongly disagree with the decision regarding your application you can appeal.
Planning Portal: www.planningportal.gov.uk
The Planning Inspectorate: www.planning-inspectorate.gov.uk
Building Conservation: www.buildingconservation.com
English Heritage: www.english-heritage.org.uk