Green Belt Very Special Circumstances – What can they be?

If your property is located within the Green Belt you may have a tough planning test to pass. To secure permission on householder and full planning applications it is sometimes necessary to demonstrate very special circumstances. The question is, “what are Green Belt very special circumstances?” When does a Proposal located in the Green Belt […]

What do you do if your Planning Application is Refused? – Top Tips

Being told by the local planning authority (LPA) that your planning application has been refused is very frustrating, especially if the planning process has been a long and protracted one. However, there are still usually several means to try and secure approval. One of the most important tips is to remain calm and to try […]

How does the Planning Application Process work? Step-by-Step

As a planning consultant, my role is to guide planning applications through the decision making the process. There are various stages involved. Therefore with this post, I thought I would provide an overview of the planning application process. There are a series of stages which need to be successfully navigated to secure permission for proposals […]

Agricultural to Residential Use – How to secure PD Prior Approval

Under the 2015 General Permitted Development Order (GDPO) a right was provided (Schedule 2/Part3/Class Q) for farmers to convert agricultural buildings into residential dwellings. However, with most things in planning, the PD rules have seen quite a few changes and amendments over the years. Furthermore, what is and isn’t allowed under the PD Class Q […]

What’s the Difference between Incidental and Ancillary Use?

I’m going to guess that you have found this page by researching the permitted development rights for outbuildings. You may have learnt there are various restrictions on outbuildings. Such as how tall outbuildings can be, and that development must not exceed the 50% rule of the properties curtilage. However, there is a specific rule associated […]

What is Retrospective Planning Permission or Consent?

With most planning applications work has yet to start on the project. However, there are instances where work may have already started or been completed. If the works do not come under permitted development rights the local enforcement department may become aware of the works. This is where a retrospective planning application may be a […]

Do you need Planning Permission for a Dormer?

The fact that your reading this post probably means you understand what a dormer is. However, its best not to presume, so below I will briefly discuss what a dormer is and the reasons why you may want to install a dormer. Then later in the post, we will discuss whether you will require planning […]

Do I Need Planning Permission for my Garage?

When it comes to garages there are lots of different circumstances involved which dictate whether you need planning permission. For instance, you may have an existing garage which you wish to convert into additional living space. Alternatively, you may simply wish to construct a new garage on your property for your car or storage purposes. […]

What is the Size of Your Original Dwelling?

If your looking to extend your home or replace your dwelling you may have come across the term ‘original dwelling‘. But what does it actually mean and why is it so important when it comes to trying to secure planning permission? Let’s start with the planning definition of the original dwelling: Why is the Original […]