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12 things people forget to do when applying for planning permission

Give yourself the best opportunity to secure first-time consent to build with Mike Dade’s top tips on the pitfalls you need to avoid

T here’s an awful lot to think about when you’re making a planning application, be it for a new house, a conversion project or even a modest scheme like an extension or garage. Some of the requirements are standardised across the country, but others are dictated by individual councils. This guide to some of the most common things self builders and renovators forget during the planning stages will help improve your chances of success.

1 Get pre-application advice

While seeking guidance from the local authority prior to submitting your planning application is not compulsory, government policy strongly recommends it. Some councils are such advocates of it they’ll refuse to engage with you if you make a formal planning application without having taken (and paid for) pre-app advice in advance.

At the very least, check out your local authority’s preapp procedure. If the length of time it takes, and the costs, aren’t excessive then make use of the service. It not only lets you know what the planners are likely to make of your scheme when you formally submit it, but it also helps you to pin down the key requirements for your application – for instance in terms of supporting materials and any potential additional charges on top of the standard planning application fee.

2 Engage early with neighbours and the parish council

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Build It's Self Build Education House - Cladding a timber frame home - Renovating a bungalow - Myth buster: Renewable Tech