What Happens if You Don’t Get Planning Permission?

Failing to get planning permission on your first try is a common problem. There are many small details that you have to observe carefully if you want to maximize your chances of success. People often miss various small points that end up critical in the end.

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As long as you address the comments you receive and follow up on any additional issues that come up, you are free to reapply immediately after being rejected.

What can you do if your planning permission has been denied?

If your planning permission has been denied, your first step should be to verify the exact reasons. There are many possible causes for a rejection of a planning application. Some are easy to address, while others may require a major rework of your plans.

Talk to your project management team to figure out how you can address the comments without impacting the original plans too much. It may be possible to get your new application submitted with minimal changes, but it will require the assistance of an expert.

1. Revise your plans before resubmitting

Before making another application for planning permission, you must revise your plans to ensure that all previous comments have been addressed.

There is no waiting period before you’re allowed to make a new application. However, if you do so without addressing every single original comment, you risk getting in trouble with your local council. This might lead to additional delays and complications with your new application.

If some of the comments require you to implement changes that go beyond the original vision for the project, it’s best to consult your project management team to ensure that you will not compromise any important aspects of the overall project.

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2. Explore the option of appealing

If you think you have a good reason for appealing the rejection, you have 12 weeks after you’ve received it to do so. After that, your only option is to make a new submission.

Keep in mind that appealing a rejected planning permission application is often more complex than simply making a new application altogether. It can take more time and you still have no guarantee for success in the end.

This makes appealing a suitable option only if you’re sure that you have valid grounds for it. Otherwise, stick to submitting a revised application.

If you get rejected on your application for planning permission on your first try, don’t worry. Make sure to address any comments that came up and submit a new application as quickly as possible. You often have a good chance of getting approved on your second attempt.


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