A guide to planning permission

Applying for planning permission may seem daunting, however, it’s essential in many cases. If you want your planning permission application to be successful, you will need to carry out a great deal of work, and the process isn’t always a quick one. However, by seeking out the information that you need and getting help if you require it, you can optimise your chances of receiving the green light for your project. If you’ve been looking online for a guide to planning permission and loft conversion planning in Leeds, read on. 


A guide to planning permission [Infographic]What exactly is planning permission? 

Planning permission is the consent granted by your local authority when you have asked for the right to build a structure. The reason that planning permission exists is to prevent people from creating inappropriate structures that could annoy other people including your neighbours. You’ll normally need planning permission when you’re creating a brand new dwelling or making substantial changes to one that already exists. 

What do the authorities consider when granting planning permission? 

When your local authority is looking at your planning permission application, they will consult the national guidance from the Government. This is called the National Planning Policy Framework. They will also look at any planning policies they have introduced themselves before they come to a decision. 

How can I apply for planning permission? 

If you want to apply for planning permission, you can go to your local council’s website and head to their planning portal. Alternatively, you can give them a call and they should tell you exactly what you need to do next. 

What kinds of planning permission are there? 

There are numerous types of planning permission that you can apply for. The type of planning permission you should seek may depend on the kind of project or build you’re working on, or what your current circumstances are. If you already have a detailed design and can show that you are able to meet the planning conditions, you should apply for full planning permission. Before you can actually begin any building work, you need to receive a formal letter from your council that clearly provides you with permission to start. 

With outline planning permission, you’ll get ‘permission in principle’. This won’t give you permission to start the work, but it does mean your build is likely to be viable. You’ll have to make a successful application for ‘reserved matters’ before you can start any work. 

If your detailed plans are substantially different from your original outline permission, it’s likely that you’ll need to ask for full planning permission. If you want to make alterations to an individual house within the boundary of your property, you will need to get householder planning permission. This is also the case if you want to extend the house within the boundaries. 

How much do I need to pay for planning permission?

In our guide to planning permission, it’s important for us to consider the cost. How much you will pay to submit your planning application may depend on where you live. If you live in England, you’ll need to pay £206 for a planning application as a householder. This kind of application will be suitable if you want to alter a single house. You will need to pay more if you want to make alterations to a multi-unit house. Once you have been granted permission, you will also need to get details and materials approved. This will cost you £116. 

One of the reasons why getting planning permission tends to cost much more than this is that you’ll need to pay to have plans and documents created. You can’t submit your application without these. You may also need to pay for surveys to get your application approved. Costs may grow further if you need to make more than one application to get permission. Many experts advise you to set aside approximately £2,000 to cover the true cost of planning permission. 

When does planning permission expire? 

Your permission will normally expire three years after it has been granted. However, some people are granted more or less time. It’s worth noting that you only need to start your project before your permission expires. You don’t need to finish your project by this point. 

What should I do if my consent is due to expire? 

If you get to the stage where you still haven’t started your project and your consent is about to run out, there are numerous things you can do. These include making a material start, which means simply getting the project underway. If you’re not in a position to do this yet, you’ll need to submit a re-application. This is because it’s no longer possible to simply get permission renewed. There is no guarantee that consent will be granted the second time around. Furthermore, you may need to meet a brand new policy framework once three years have elapsed. 

Breathe new life into your home with AKB Lofts

If you do want to amend or extend your home and are seeking out an experienced team you can trust, talk to AKB Lofts. We have many years of experience in this field. Let us help you make the changes you require if you do need more space but would rather avoid relocation. A conversion or extension can add thousands to your home’s value, and we can assist you every step of the way right through to original enquiry right through to completion. We specialise in loft conversions, orangeries, dormer conversions, truss lofts, home extensions, planning and design. 

Hopefully, you have found our guide to planning permission useful. We can give you all the advice you need to enhance the chances of planning permission being granted. Why not take a look at the company video on our website to see what our expert team can do for you? We are here to help with quality loft conversion planning in Leeds. 

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