PLANNING PERMISSION EXPLAINED
PLANNING PERMISSION EXPLAINED

The UK Planning System
The ‘Town & Country Planning Act’ was started in 1947 to assist the UK’s planning authorities. This meant that any building works needed permission from the local authority before works were allowed to start. The Act approved pre-existing uses and buildings, any ‘material change of use’ of property also required permission. With occasional exception, work can not start on site prior to permissions being granted.

Permitted Development
Applies to certain types of building works that mean you do not need planning permission. These are classed as minor works. Permitted development usually applies to small house extensions that match certain specific criteria volume, location and materials being key.

Planning or Permitted Development?
Ask yourself when considering do I need planning permission?:
1. Is your proposal for ‘development’, meaning does it materially change the use of the property?  
2. Whether your proposed changes could be classed as permitted development.  

Planning Policies
If planning consent is required for your particular development scheme your ideas have to meet local authority planning borough polices. They present this in their Unitaritarian Development Plan (UDP). It is very important to have an understanding of these if you have choose to appeal a refusal to grant planning permission for your project. This is an area that an architect can help with if the situation arises.

Development Control
Local planning departments will have a development control team and it is the people who work there who are known as planners. These people implement the local authorities policies and administer things with the statutory authorities and utilities, like water, sewage, highways and your neighbours enquires.

If you application receives any objections, especially from neighbours, they will usually refer it to a committee for a verdict.

How long does it take?
Planning usually takes around 8 weeks to get a decision so you need to build that time into your plan. 

If you would like to discuss your project with Urbane Design please call us on 0208 966 0601.

Need specific advice on a project? Call us on 020 8996 0601

URBANE DESIGN ARCHITECTS

Residential architecture, we deliver projects across London and the South East. Discuss your next project call 020 8996 0601.

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14:11 25 Sep 19
We've used Rob Speight and Urbane Architects twice over the last 10 years. Once to do a ground floor extension and refurbishment and then once to do a loft and first floor extension. On both occasions Rob was clear and responsive in communication and thoughtful and adaptable in design. We certainly wouldn't have used Urbane a second time if they had not done a good job the first time round (and we did encounter problems with some of our contractors first time). Recommended.read more
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10:05 05 Jul 19
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13:39 27 Jun 19
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11:06 18 Jun 19
Most definitely 5 stars! We had a great experience with Urbane Design Architects and their team when we recently extended and reconfigured the ground floor of our Georgian terraced house in Chiswick W4. Robert Speight was our project architect. He listened to our brief but then made us consider some alternative, exciting ways of thinking about the spaces and materials. He combined his experience of local planning policies, working relationships with local suppliers and our budget to deliver a new home that we are in love with! When we were going through planning permissions and the tender process, the team walked us through all the requirements step by step with us, which was great. Very highly recommended and sensibley priced!read more
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