Planning Permission / Permitted Development Rights
There is a permitted amount of development that one can undertake to most properties without planning permission, referred to as ‘Permitted Development’. However this is not ‘cut and dry’ and there can be circumstances whereby this may not apply, such as if the property has already been extended, the property is in a conservation area or an area of outstanding natural beauty.
If you do not need to go through the full planning process you will not want to as it invites a level of interest from the Council and the neighbourhood that is not so likely if the development you wish to carry out is ‘Permitted’.
More often the safest approach when it is thought the building should be covered under Permitted Development, is to submit an application for a Lawful Development Certificate. A Lawful Development Certificate is issued by the Council after considering your application and states that the work you carried out (or plan to carry out) is lawful. This has the benefit of ensuring the Council has considered the application and is satisfied with it and that it does not consider there are any mitigating circumstances that mean you cannot build under Permitted Development.
If the Council is not satisfied then they will request that a Planning Application is submitted and occasionally they will request that a Planning Application is submitted for part of the build only. A Lawful Development Certificate offers peace of mind that if the Planning Law changes, it is not ambiguous as to whether the work you carried out was permitted at the time and it is also an aid for when you sell the property. In addition, it also ensures by submitting it, that you cannot accidentally build unlawfully.
Baileybridge will prepare the drawings and complete the required Planning Application forms and details on behalf of our Clients. Once submitted we will monitor these through the 8 week period the Council requires before they give a decision. Often they have questions which we will answer and if we see any objections being raised we will endeavour to address these promptly.