The planning system
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The planning system has been in place since 1947. Its primary purpose is to regulate the use of land in the public interest. The system is designed to control development (which can include home improvements or building works) by requiring anyone wishing to carry out such works to apply...
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- Introduction to householder development
- The planning system
Householder development key terms
- Planning process terminology
- Permitted development
- A development plan
- What is a dwelling?
- The 'original building'
- The curtilage of a dwelling
- 'Purposes incidental' to the enjoyment of a dwelling
- 'Use classes'
- A highway
- A listed building
- A conservation area
- A scheduled ancient monument
- Who is my local planning authority?
- Article 1(5) land
- What is an advertisement?
- An Area of Special Control of Advertisements
- Environmental Impact Assessments
- Tree Preservation Orders
- Who can apply for planning permission?
- What happens if I live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?
- Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
- Will I need assistance?
- Will I need any other consents or approvals?
- Measurements, dimensions and drawings
What can I do without permission - in my home?
- Enlarging, improving or altering your home
- Adding a porch to your home
- Altering the roof of your home without changing its shape
- Enlarging your home by altering the shape of the roof
- Adding solar panels and microgeneration equipment to your home or to a building in your garden
- Working from home
- Subdividing or changing the use of your home
- Painting your home
- Installing chimneys, flues, soil and vent pipes on your house
- Installing a microwave antenna on your house or in your garden
- Demolishing any building or structure at your home
What can I do without permission - in my garden?
- Erecting gates, walls and fences
- Planting hedges and trees in your garden
- Constructing a garden shed, summerhouse, greenhouse, swimming pool or other enclosure in your garden
- Creating a new vehicular access to your home
- Providing off street parking, driveways and hardstandings in the curtilage of your home
- Placing an advertisement on your home or in your garden
- Installing a standalone solar panel in your garden
- Erecting a fuel tank or container in your garden
- I don't need planning permission - what do I do next?
So I need permission - what now?
- Applying for planning permission
- Pre-application discussions
- What information should I include on an outline planning application?
- What information should I include on a full planning application?
- Submitting your application
- The decision-making process
- The planning decision
- Implementing your permission
- Final checks
- Planning permission refused - what can I do?
- Can I start work without planning permission?
- How do I stop neighbouring developments?
- Further information on householder development
- Planning application forms