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;
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.