How to Get Planning Permission on Land

Taking the time to understand how to get permission on land in more detail can make the process less complicated than it is for most people. There are several prerequisites which are important to fulfill, and many tend to ignore the importance of those points. Until they get hit with a rejection and have to go back and revise their whole application.

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1. Double-check your application documents

All paperwork related to your planning application should be carefully checked before it’s submitted. There are some very strict requirements for obtaining planning permission. For example, you must have exactly five copies of planning documents and other related paperwork.

Your plans must also be formatted in a specific way and be drawn within a certain scale range. Your local authorities may reject your application just because the scale is off.

2. Work with professional advisors

Working with professionals is a good way to improve your chances of obtaining planning permission. They will understand all the details that go into a planning application and will guide you through the process smoothly. They will also be aware of the specific details required for some types of planning applications.

Ideally, you should work with the same company for all stages of your project, not just for obtaining planning permission. That way, you’ll know that your advisors are aware of all details related to the project from start to finish. When planning to develop or modify any land or property, it’s crucial to understand the specific requirements for planning permission. This involves a thorough grasp of local planning laws as well as national regulations which ensure that your project aligns with zoning, environmental, and aesthetic standards. For those within the architectural profession, adhering to the standards set by the Architects Registration Board or ARB Legislation is also essential

3. Have the correct fee amount ready

Have the exact amount you need for the application fee ready in advance. The fee goes up with the size of the area you want to obtain planning permission for, so take that into account when making your plans. You don’t want your planning permission to be delayed just because you didn’t have funds available to cover the application fee.

When in doubt, consult your local authority to find out how much you’ll have to pay. The planning portal should be a good starting point. Take note of any additional details related to obtaining your planning permission that you find there.

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4. Start the process early enough

Starting the planning process and the subsequent application as early as possible is another good way to improve your chances of success. It takes a while to obtain planning permission, even when everything is in order and you get approved with no negative comments.

If you expect to get your planning permission on short notice, you will be disappointed. And when that impacts the whole construction project as a result, you can land in a big mess that will be difficult to resolve. You can’t speed up the process for obtaining planning permission, and you should be ready to wait at least a few weeks before you obtain it.

5. Know what to do in case you get rejected

If your planning permission application gets denied, don’t worry. This happens to many people and is a common occurrence. Often, there will be some minor details that need to be adjusted and you’ll be ready to re-submit.

Make sure to consult your project advisors to ensure that you’re not missing any crucial details if you get to that point. There are many fine points involved in obtaining planning permission which will not be immediately obvious. Minimizing the downtime associated with getting rejected is another good reason for working with competent specialists who can guide you through the process and help you in communicating with your local authority.

As long as you pay attention to all paperwork required for your planning permission, start the process early enough, and know what your options are in case you get rejected, it should not be too difficult to get approved in the end. You must understand that obtaining planning permission takes a lot of time, even with perfectly prepared paperwork, and you generally have no way to accelerate the process.


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