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HOW TO GET PLANNING PERMISSION FIRST TIME

Getting consent for the perfect scheme can be a major stumbling block on the road to a successful project. Mike Dade shares the secrets that will give you the best possible chance of winning approval
For the best chance of success, ensure your design fits into its surroundings. That doesn’t have to mean going for a standard house – you can still create an adventurous contemporary home, as demonstrated by this project, which won planning permission first time thanks to the way it references the wooded plot
MIKE BLACK

Most self builders and renovators, having secured a plot or building to convert or refurbish, want to get on with the build as quickly as possible. With planning applications taking at least two months from submission to decision, nobody wants to go through the process more than once if they can avoid it. So, what are the causes of delays and refusals in the planning process – and what steps can you take to avoid them and give yourself the best possible chance of securing consent at the first attempt?

Common sticking points

The most frequent causes of delays and refusals can be grouped into three broad categories: content and presentation of the application; conflicts with policy and planning officers’ opinions; and political issues. Many applications are delayed on submission because the council won’t validate and register them. Forms, plans, accompanying reports and information and the necessary fee must all be correctly presented. The eight week period for determining the application won’t start until the council is satisfied that everything is present and correct.

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Build It magazine’s January issue is packed with detailed practical advice & inspiring projects to help you create your dream home. Here’s a taster of what’s inside: • Stunning contemporary oak frame home (page 22) • Revealed: your new right to self build (page 62) • The best low-maintenance cladding options (page 69) • Running an air source heat pump (page 80) • Expert guide to gaining planning permission (page 94) • Designing the perfect extension (page 106) … and more!