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Top 8 Planning Permission checks!

Many of us will simply be overjoyed when confirmation of planning permission arrives through the door. You may have fallen victim to many revised, withdrawals and even resubmissions of your plans before finding yourself finally reaching the ultimate goal of being granted planning permission. However, you can never be too sure that your “in the clear” status is concrete. Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top 8 planning permission checks – Unfortunately these tips apply to our UK readers only;

Planning Permission is priceless when done right!

Planning Permission is priceless when done right!

  1. Description of your scheme – When you submit your planning scheme plans to your agent, it is their job to change the wording to suit that of your local planning authority. This is you chance to ensure that their translation is close to what you want, and if not, changing it where necessary. You don’t want minor descriptive errors such as this giving you an extra headache down the line.
  2. Check your plans – You know better than anyone what you want the final product to look like. Be sure to check the final submission drawings, associated with any necessary documents to ensure you have no discrepancies, whilst maintaining the look that you seek.
  3. Expiration dates – When you finally receive planning permission, the UK standard for validity is three years. If you wish to extend this by another 3 years, it is possible for a small fee. The bottom line is, make sure you keep your expiration date in mind should you wish to go travelling around the world. You don’t want to have start from the beginning again!
  4. Keep any neighbours in the loop – It may be the case that your planning permission requires some input or action from your neighbour in order to be granted final planning permission. Be sure that your neighbours are aware of what needs to be done, what time frame it needs to be completed by and of course if they are OK to do so.
  5. Conservation – If you are looking to get planning permission in a conservation area, or build in an area that is close to one, it may be conditional that you use certain sourced materials. Try to have suppliers lined up sooner rather than later, being sure to exhaust as many options as possible. Locally sourced materials may cost a little more, but could guarantee a stress free submission.
  6. Snub the obvious – Planning permission can tumble with the smallest detail being overlooked – Try not to miss the obvious. For example, bathroom windows must not face your neighbour, and if they do they must be frosted/obscured. Do your research and keep on top of simpler details.
  7. Keep Green – Many planning permission offices work to preserve natures beauty. Planning permission may be granted with the condition that you maintain greenery, shrubs or even trees in the area. If you look to maintain as much of mother nature as possible, your planning permission may be granted a little easier.
  8. Building Regulations – Once you have been granted solid planning permission, be sure to get building regulations approval for the proposed work you wish to carry out. Your local council can assist with this, giving you time to make any changes that may cause issues in the long run. Running through your plans with a fine tooth comb at this point is simply priceless.

An insight into Planning Permission.

When looking to increase the value of your home the obvious solution is to look at extending your overall floor space. Although renovating the kitchen or bathroom will add appeal and value, the percentage increases are incomparable when extending your building size. Many wannabe self builders tend to fall at the first hurdle when gaining planning permission, so it’s important to know what to look for so you don’t get caught out.

Many self builders tend to view the planning officers as the bad guys – the people who prevent the homeowner from building what they want, where they want whilst spoiling plans with disputes and delays. Although in some cases this is true, there are instances where the planning officers have made poor final decisions or gone on a bit of a power trip. However, from another angle the planning offer can be viewed as the self builder’s friend – an expert who can help with useful advice and tips regarding your original plan.

A golden rule to remember when considering a particular plot is to speak to the local council or planning department before handing in your final application. In many cases, they can offer guidance on design approaches that are likely to be accepted, which can be interpreted by your architect to suit your needs more closely – a task which many architects should be well qualified to complete. The planning register is a priceless source of information – Find yourself an architect or designer who has been consistently successful.

By developing a good relationship with your planning officer, you should be able to gather enough information on how your proposal is likely to be viewed. With most issues seemingly straightforward to resolve, such as height restrictions imposed to prevent looking over neighbouring properties, it’s important to remember that all restrictions are open to interpretation.

IPHE moves to Royal Charter

Upgrading our homes heating systems, or installing new bathroom suites we all know is a task best left to the professionals. There is a sense of weariness about bringing a trader into the equation with popular TV shows such as ‘Rogue Traders‘ teaching us to be aware of the fallacious con men that crawl our communities. Finding a trustworthy, qualified individual can sometimes be a difficult task, but thanks to the CIPHE it’s a little easier for the rest of us.


Chartered status has been awarded to the CIPHE, the professional body for plumbing and heating, by the Privy council for their contribution to the health and safety of the public and the environment. Their website www.ciphe.org.uk provides an invaluable service in which members of the public can type in their postcode to find their nearest qualified engineer.

So if your planning to change your water system, or even install a new shower, consider finding a trader one less thing to do on your list.