Planning Permission In Yorkshire – Application, Approval & Appeals

Posted on: 01 October 2023


Planning Permission In Yorkshire


What is planning permission and do you need it?

Planning permission is the authorization given by the local authority, under the power granted to it by the 1948 Town and Country Planning Act, to permit the construction of, or modifications to, a building. It is also referred to as planning consent. You can find your local authority on your local council website here. If you are a resident of England or Wales, you can determine whether or not you need planning permission by visiting the Planning Portal website. Simply put, if you are building a new structure or extending an existing one, you will most likely need planning permission.



Planning Permission/Planning Consent FAQs


How long does it take to get a planning permission decision?

Most planning applications are decided in 8 weeks.

What can I do if my planning permission application is refused?

If your planning application is refused, you can appeal against the decision. The appeal is made to the planning inspectorate, an independent body that reviews the application. Around 40% of applications the local authority has refused are approved at appeal.

What happens when I get my planning permission approval?

When planning is granted, the local authority sometimes requests that a set of planning conditions be discharged before starting work. These can include the approval of materials and details.

When planning permission is approved, you must obtain further consent, called Building Regulations. The Building Regulations are in place to ensure that anything you build will not endanger the lives of the occupants or those around you. They cover things like foundations, structures, insulation, ventilation and drainage. A set of architectural drawings and architect specifications can be submitted to obtain building regulations plan approval. When the work starts on site, the building inspector will call to review the building work at the pre-agreed key stages of the build.

How long does a planning permission remain valid?

Generally, planning permission is valid for 3 years. You should commence building works within three years. Otherwise, you would need to re-apply for planning permission.

Can an architect help with planning permission?

Townscape architects will professionally guide you through the planning process and offer planning advice. We will even prepare the entire planning application for you and will deal with the planning department for you, keeping you updated at every step. This will ensure the best chances of a successful outcome.

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