When do you need Planning Permission for a Loft Conversion?

There are lots of websites which provide very basic answers to whether you need planning permission for a loft conversion. With this post, I wanted to provide information on more specific examples about when and if you can complete a loft conversion under permitted development and when a planning application is required. If planning permission […]

What is an Article 4 Direction? – Permitted Development (PD) Rights

If you have read any of my previous posts on permitted development rights, you may have come across several references to the Article 4 Direction. With this post, I will discuss what an Article 4 Direction is and why it’s important. Under permitted development (PD) rights many dwellings can be modified and extended. However, it […]

Do you need Planning Permission for a Rear Extension on your Home?

So you’ve decided you need to add more space to your home. In most cases, it’s the rear of the property where there is available space to expand. Therefore, the first question many people have is “do you need planning permission for a rear extension?” The answer will depend on several variables which include: Are […]

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 […]

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 […]