How to get your Planning Permission Approved

A guide to getting your planning permission approved.


Getting planning permission for a build is an essential part of the building process. Without planning permission a build cannot go ahead and is likely to be made to be knocked down. Therefore, it is always best to thoroughly research and consider your planning application before submission in order to ensure it has the best chance of approval it can be given.

Purchasing Plots without Planning Permission

There is little value in purchasing a plot of land which will not be given planning permission for residential use, or that does not have adequate access. Before making the payment, attempt to come to an agreement with the current landowner which obliges them to sell the land to you under the condition that you manage to get planning approval for the site. In cases where the plot of land already has an outline planning approval, there is an established principle of building upon that land. However, this does not guarantee that the building you wish to erect can be built there. To be sure of this, detailed or full planning permission is required.

Get in touch with a Local Planner

Local planners have a good knowledge of an area’s planning application outcomes, of what works and what doesn’t, and be able to advise whether residential use and new-build construction is feasible with the plot you have or wish to purchase.

Do the Research

Before buying any plot of land it is important to determine whether the residential development of that land is not opposed by planning policies and the local development plan. This would prohibit any work from taking place.

Possible Objections

When submitting a planning application, there are a number of reasons for which the plans could be objected. Conservation issues, protection of public spaces and walkways, protection of trees etc can all become possible objections to the plans. Carry out research on the immediate area your build will affect, and research local history to find out what particular materials might be required for your build.

Include the neighbours in the Plans

Neighbours can cause big problems for planning applications if they oppose certain aspects of the project. By involving your neighbours in the plans you will keep them informed and interested whilst being on your side, rather than feeling the work is being done against their will

Get in touch with an Architect

Architects have a lot of experience in successfully putting planning applications through the planning permission process and are able to negotiate should any issues come up in the process.

Tackling Opposition to your Planning Application

In cases where a planning application is faced with resistance, it is best to retract the application altogether to consider the issues raised instead of waiting for what could ultimately be a simple disapproval.

Dealing with a Disapproved Application

In cases where planning permission is not granted, the best course of action is to strip the project back to the very beginning. Where the application meets repeated objections, it might be best to contact a planning consultant or perhaps to use an alternative architect. Disapproved planning applications can be appealed if it is felt the plans have been disapproved unfairly.


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