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The Importance Of Gaining Planning Permission

We’ve all heard the nightmare stories about planning permission. You’ve got an impressive extension or building work planned, that’s going to give you the dream home you’ve always wanted, but then that little thing called planning permission gets in the way.

Some may have heard horror stories of building work taking months to go ahead, because of hold ups with planning permission, others may even have heard of homeowners spending thousands on home improvements, only to be told they have to take it down, because they didn’t check with the council before starting work.

Even for those who might feel they’ve got away with it, not having the correct planning permission for any alterations to a building could result in issues further down the line when it comes to selling a property.

So what’s the secret to your building work being a dream instead of a nightmare?

Find out if you need planning permission before you start work and get the right people involved in getting it done. Any good local building firm will talk you through the process and make sure that it’s been factored in from the very beginning. It’s worth it, honestly.

Not only does gaining planning permission remove the risk of losing money from being told to stop work or change the building back to the original, but it gives peace of mind that everything is above board from the very start.

Household projects that require planning permission

There are four main types of application for planning permission:

  • Full Application
  • Householder Application
  • Outline Application
  • Reserved Matters Application

The application specifically for householders is for people who want to carry out work to their home or garden area. All details are submitted in one planning application.

These cover projects such as:

  • Extensions and Conservatories
  • Garage and Loft Conversions
  • Doors and Windows
  • Garages, Car Ports and Outbuildings
  • Fences, Gates and Garden Walls
  • Decking and Balconies
  • Satellite Dishes
  • Solar Panels and Wind Turbines

There are some cases where you may not need to apply for planning permission, providing the works meet certain limits and conditions, this is called a permitted development.

Many domestic extensions do not require a planning application or planning consent, however, it’s also important to consider whether the development must comply with building regulations. Examples might include replacement of windows and doors and certain electrical installations.

Not having the right planning permission is a risky business as it can mean enforcement action, demolition, liability for remedial action, added costs and wasted time.  In addition, the absence of a completion certificate which shows that building regulations have been adhered to may well make a property very difficult to sell in the future.

Not sure if you need planning permission? We can help

If you are planning a new build, extension, or making a major change to your property, then there’s every chance you will need to complete a proposal and submit a planning application to your local planning authority.

At Marlow Building, we can offer the complete solution and project management services that will see your building work through from start to finish. This includes the planning stages, liaising directly with architects, local authority, building control and planning officers to ensure it is all dealt with accordingly.


Get in touch with a member of the team today to discuss your plans and receive a free, no obligation quote.