Planning control is the process of managing the development of land and buildings. The purposes of this process are to save what is best of our heritage and to improve the infrastructure upon which we depend for a civilised existence.
Your local planning authority is responsible for deciding whether a development, anything from an extension on a house to a new shopping centre, should go ahead.
You’ll probably need planning permission if you want to:
- Build something new
- Make a major change to your building, such as building an extension
- Make changes to specific types of buildings
- Change the use of your building
Some building projects do not need planning permission. This is known as ‘permitted development rights’.
Building projects that normally have permitted development rights include:
- Industrial premises and warehouses
- Some outdoor signs and advertisements – though there are special rules around adverts
- Demolition – but before you begin you must get approval to demolish from your local planning authority (LPA) through your local council
Speak to our team if you need any help.