Planning Applications Process

Applying for Planning Permission - Do I Need to?

Depending on what you are looking to build you may not need to apply for planning permission. However Timbertecs always recommends you get professional advice before you go ahead and build. If you were to build something that did not comply with your local planning authorities development plan you may find you are force to put things right. This could result in a lot of extra work and cost or even having to take the building down.

You will definitely need to apply for Planning if you intend to do any of the following:

  • Make additions or extensions to an existing flat or maisonette.medium 
  • Divide part of your home off to use as a separate home
  • Build a new house in your garden
  • Divide part of your house to use for business or commercial reasons
  • You want to build something which goes against the terms of the original planning permission on the land
  • You will need to have a wider or new access road to the new building
  • The work might obstruct the view of road users

If you are unsure about whether or not you will need Planning Permission contact your Local Planning Office or seek professional advice.

Planning? Where do I Start?

Applying for Planning is a lengthy, drawn out process. Here you will find our rough guide to the steps you should take when you are applying for planning permission.

1.Work with your Local Planning Authority from the start.

As with any application knowing who you are applying to and what they are expecting is the key to any successful application. Contact your Local Planning Authority at an early stage and seek advice from them. They will be a valuable source of information on local planning policy and will be able to give you a good idea of what may or may not get through their planning system at an early stage.


2.Look around at what has already been given Planning Permission.

Look at the buildings in the area you want to build in. Your designs have to fit in with the Local Planning Programme; anything that isn’t in keeping with the surrounding area is likely to cause you one or two headaches during the planning process. This doesn’t mean that your new home has to be identical to everyone else’s in fact a well designed building that picks up on the features of property surrounding it is just as likely to get planning permission.

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3.Request your Planning Application form.

Once you’ve done your research you should have a fairly good idea of what you are likely to gain planning permission for. With all this in mind its time to request your planning application form and decide what type of planning you are going to apply for. There are two main Types of Planning Permission that you can apply for, Outline Planning Permission, and Full Planning Permission you need to decide which one of these you are going to apply for remember once you have full or detailed planning permission it is fairly unlikely that you will be able to make drastic changes to the design.


4.Planning Documents: What you will need.

Make sure you send all the correct documents in with your planning application. Failure to do so will hold up your application and cause you more stress in the long run. Making sure you send everything correctly and with the right documents will make it easier for the Planning Officer and may make them view your application more favourably.

Whether you are building an extension or doing a complete new build there are certain documents that you will have to include in order for your planning application to be considered.

Ordinance Survey Maps

This map will show the layout of the land you are proposing to build on and provide the planning office with information about the surrounding area. You must enclose an Ordnance Survey Map with your planning application.

Layout Drawings

These drawings map out your plot and show other important features of your site. You will need to clearly mark out your plot, the building you are proposing and the access roads you will need. This will give the planning office a clearer view of what your proposed ideas may have an effect on. 

Elevation Drawings

This set of drawings shows the height of your proposed buildings from various angles. Height is often a cause of dispute when applying for planning nobody wants to suddenly find there view obscured by someone else’s house.

Existing/Proposed Plans

Finally you will need to provide the your Local Planning Authority with drawings of your proposed dwelling. Depending on the type of planning permission you are applying for these drawings may need to be very detailed and contain information on building materials as well as showing the proposed layout of the building itself. Timbertecs Planning Services can provide you with all these drawings done to the right scales in a planning friendly layout.

If you are building an extension to an existing property you will also need to provide the planning office with the drawings for the existing property and show the new proposed building in relation to this.


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If there are restrictions on your planning applications such as height, make sure your designers and manufacturers are made aware of this at a very early stage and always check for them before signing off your drawings. Getting this wrong can be a heartbreaking and costly disaster.


There may be other documents that you will need to provide dependent on your circumstances, for example if you live in a listed building and want to add an extension. For advice and help with your planning applications contact Timbertecs Planning Services.

5.Keeping Track of Your Application for Planning.

Hopefully by now you have been in contact with your local authority and have built up a good relationship with your Planning Officer. Once your planning application has been sent it will take a minimum of eight weeks to be processed. During this time your local planning authority should send you an acknowledgment of the receipt of your application and request any missing documents.

Once this has been completed the application will be made public and the planning officer or planning committee will begin to consult on your application. This may take some time and although the planning office will try to process your planning application within the 8-week period this may not be possible.


6.The Planning Decision.

The planning office will make their decision and give you notice as to whether or not they have granted your planning application. Hopefully you will have been granted full planning permission by your local authority, however this is not always the case. The Planning Officer may have granted you Conditional Planning Permission this means they will allow you to build but on the condition that you make any amendments they have suggested to your planning proposal.

If your planning application has been refused you can appeal. You must make your appeal to the Secretary of State within 6 months of the date of the council’s decision. However if it looks like your planning application will be turned down, your local planning authority will often give you the option to withdraw your application before hand. In most cases you can resubmit your planning application with modifications free of charge within 12 months of the original decision.


7.I have my Planning Permission what now?

Congratulations you’ve taken the first step towards your dream home your Planning Application has been fully approved and you are ready to move on to the next stage of your build. Remember there is a time limit on your planning approval so now you’ve got your planning sorted its time to start thinking about the other aspects of your build.

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