Planning permission is all about getting the approval of local authorities so building work can be carried out at your home or business premises. It’s important to refrain from building until the permission has been granted. You don’t need to get planning permission for all projects. Read on to find out whether you need planning permission for loft conversions, barn conversions, extensions, garage conversions and new builds.

To improve your chances of planning permission being granted at the first time of asking, it’s important to find out what the local building authority is likely to approve and reject. The purpose of the planning permission process is to stop inappropriate developments from being completed. If you wish to build a new home or make substantial changes to a current building, you will normally need to obtain planning permission. When planning permission requests are examined, authorities refer to the National Planning Policy Framework as well as their own policies.


The costs of planning permission

In England, you will usually pay £462 to apply for planning permission for a new build. If you want to make a home improvement, this will cost £206. The application form is called the 1APP. These aren’t the only costs you will need to pay. You will also need to cover design fees, surveys, and possibly even revisions to your original plans. Once planning permission is given, you will normally have three years to complete the project before it expires. Once it’s expired, you will need to re-apply.


Planning consultants

Once you have planning permission, you may still need to wait before you can get started. Planning conditions may mean the materials you have chosen may still need approval, for instance. It’s common for people to enlist the services of planning consultants to avoid making mistakes that could lead to rejection. 

Planning consultants know the latest legislation inside out. They can use their knowledge to prevent you making costly, time-consuming errors. The application should include a signed ownership certificate, site plan, elevations of the proposed and existing sites, a block plan, five copies of the application form and a design and access statement as well as the application fee.


What will influence the decision?

When your application is looked at, the local authority will take material considerations into account. These can include parking, loss of light, overshadowing, loss of privacy, the impact upon your neighbours and layout. Density, materials, appearance, impact on listed buildings and more are also considered. Your neighbours will be able to object to your plans. Nonetheless, permission may still be granted even if they are unhappy with them. Let’s take a look at how to get planning permission for new builds, loft conversions, extension planning in Grimsby and Scunthorpe right now.


New builds

You will normally need to apply for planning permission for a new build. This is the case whether you are starting from scratch or wish to subdivide a property that already exists.


Loft conversions

In most cases, planning permission for loft conversions is not required. You will usually only need permission if the roof space is to be altered or extended and you have exceeded specified limits and conditions. Terraced houses have a volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space. Detached and semi-detached houses have a volume allowance of an additional 50 cubic metres. 

Your extension cannot be higher than the highest part of the roof. The materials you use must not be substantially different from the current appearance of the house. This is not an exhaustive list. There are a few other conditions you will also need to meet if you want to convert your loft without planning permission.


Barn conversion

Your barn may not be seen as a Class Q Permitted Development by your local authority. With a Class Q Permitted Development, you don’t need to seek planning permission if it isn’t located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation area or National Park. You also won’t need to apply if it is not listed and was used for agricultural purposes on or before the 20th March 2013. However, many barns are listed and do need full planning permission for a barn conversion. Even if your barn was converted into a dwelling many years ago, you will still require permission to make changes.


Garage conversions

In most cases, planning permission is not needed for garage conversions if the building isn’t being enlarged and the work is internal. You will need to get planning permission if you want to turn the garage into a separate dwelling. Permission may also be needed if the garage is part of a listed building.


Home extensions

Permitted development rules in England mean you can build a single-storey rear extension as long as the new building doesn’t exceed a specific distance from your current rear wall. If you are adding to a detached house, you will be able to build up to 8m from the rear, with semi-detached and terraced properties having a limit of 6m. 

You will still need to tell your local authority about your plans but you don’t need to pay anything. However, your neighbours will be permitted to raise objections. As long as there are no material objections that break planning laws, permission should be granted.


More about planning permission

If you do start work on a project and you haven’t been granted planning permission, your local authority could demand changes or even demolish the building. It is possible to make retrospective planning applications, but if these are refused and you lose the appeal, the penalties can be sizeable. You could be prosecuted, fined, and even imprisoned if you make changes to a listed building without local authority permission.


Infinite planning applications possible

You don’t actually have to own any piece of land to make a planning application on it. You will normally find out if your application has been successful after around eight weeks. Neighbours’ objections don’t necessarily mean approval won’t be granted. Applications can be withdrawn at any point before the decision is given, and you can make as many planning applications on any one site as you like.


Get in touch with High & Dry Renovations to find out more about new builds, loft conversions, planning permission, and extension planning in Scunthorpe and Grimsby.