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.