Making a planning application

Planning permission is not needed for all development - so the first question to be assessed is What is the proposal and is it development? Permitted development or certain changes of use may not require planning approval.

Practitioners need to familiarise themselves with relevant planning policy, both local and national. There are procedures for the preparation, submission and decision-making processes. Restrictions on proposals and conditions may apply, such as requirements relating to environmental impact assessments.

LPAs are required to respond within certain time limits and to supply reasons for decisions.

This section is maintained by Melanie Blanchard of Dentons.