Many projects can be carried out under permitted development and therefore do not require planning permission. However, it is not always as simple as that. There are many planning criteria that these projects must meet to ensure they can be carried out under permitted development. Therefore, it is vital to ensure that there are no restrictions that limit or remove permitted development rights.
It is vital to note that each project type has different planning and design principles which need to be met in order to be regarded as permitted development. There can be many hidden restraints which could remove your permitted development rights.
What this means is that there could be two identical projects in the same town, one of which may be considered permitted development while the other would require planning permission.
In some cases, permitted development projects will require prior approval from the local planning authority, regardless of the fact they are considered permitted development. If this is the case works cannot begin until the planning authority approves the application.
Unfortunately, many people are unaware of this and sometimes what they thought was allowed under permitted development was in fact not. If this happens the local council will issue you with an enforcement. This could lead to you having to demolish and works that may have already begun.
We can support you with retrospective planning applications and will always to our utmost to achieve a positive outcome. Nevertheless, we cannot promise planning approval particularly if there is an enforcement in place. This likely means there are neighbours who are opposing the completion of the project.
If you would like to know whether or not your project falls under permitted development or whether you will require planning permission, we can give you free no obligation pre-planning advise.