Do You Need Planning Permission?
A planning application is required in most circumstances. If a planning application is required, the local planning authority is generally responsible for making a decision on the proposal in the first instance.
Preparation Is Key
When planning home improvements, the project can involve a substantial investment in your property. How can you be sure your financial investment is protected? Often, the contractor you employ to carry out the work was not known to you prior to their engagement. So can you trust your contractor?
Applying for Planning Permission
The majority of people use a planning professional or agent to submit an application on their behalf. If you decide to use an agent then your local council normally send all correspondence to that agent. If you submit the application yourself then your local council will correspond directly with you.
Construction Design & Management
The Construction Design & Management Regulations (CDM 2015) are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects. CDM applies to all building and construction work.
Appeals & Complaints
If you think your Council has made the wrong decision on your application, or if you have not been given a decision within 8 weeks, (or 13 weeks for larger schemes) you can ask the Planning Inspectorate to consider your case.
Design & Conservation
Design is an important consideration in the determination of planning applications and council’s are keen to encourage high quality building design throughout the council area.
Tree Preservation Orders
The Council has powers to protect trees by making TPOs and will send copies of these orders to the landowner concerned and explain the reason for making them. The landowner will have a chance to comment on any order.
Building Control’s main role is to check plans and building work to ensure that the national building regulations are satisfied. They aim to provide a professional service with an objective and practical approach.