Planning Permission, What Happens Next

Posted on: 22 January 2024

Planning permission what happens next?

Once you have decided to begin a project, you usually will require planning permission, but what happens next? You must submit your planning application to your local authority, awaiting the decision by email, also published on Public Access like North Yorkshire’s portal here. Then, if your application is approved, you may need to apply for building regulations approval, or if your development has a boundary wall, you may need consent from neighbouring landowners. But how long does this process take, what if your application is denied, and how long have you got before you have to commence construction? Below, we answer these questions.

How quickly can you get planning permission?

You can get planning permission within 2 months, planning decisions are usually made within 8 weeks. If there is more complexity to your application, then the extended timeframe is 13 weeks.

If planning is refused, can you appeal and how likely is a planning appeal successful?

40% of refused applications get reversed and approved at appeal, so if your planning application is denied, it is worth appealing against the decision. The planning appeal is made to an independent body, the Planning Inspectorate.

Once you have planning permission, what happens next?

When planning permission is approved, you must obtain further consent, called Building Regulations. The Building Regulations aim to ensure that any construction you undertake does not threaten the safety of the people living in or around it. The regulations encompass many aspects, including the building’s foundation, structure, insulation, ventilation, and drainage. You can submit a set of architectural drawings and architect specifications to obtain approval for building regulations.

When planning is granted, the local authority sometimes requests a set of planning conditions before building work begins. If your work will effect the local community or neighbours then you will be asked to take the necessary steps to inform them and possibly seek permission, or give them chance to raise any concerns.

Once your construction begins, the local building inspector may call to review the building work at any pre-agreed key stages of your build.


What are building regulations?

How long is planning permission valid for?

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.

Is planning permission difficult to get?

Planning permission can be streamlined by getting help from your Architects. Architects understand the process, so they will professionally guide you through it and offer planning advice; they will even prepare the entire planning application for you and manage communications with the planning department, keeping you updated at every step. This will make the process easier while ensuring the best chances of a successful outcome.

If you are in Yorkshire, why not speak with Townscape Architects for help with your project?

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