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Planning permission?

The planning permission is always requested for specific projects to be carried out. It is the permit issued that allows certain development opportunities to be carried out on a plot of land or building. Despite the benefit of planning permission to increase the value of the property and will enable the homeowner to carry out some construction projects in the home, the process could be long, painful and tedious. However, the gain is worth the waiting in the long run.


Planning permission is the approval given to the proposed project to be carried out on the plot of land. Before a new building or significant changes to existing buildings can be carried out, consent from the local planning authority is required. Planning permission is intended to prevent inappropriate development.


Planning Permission Process

Planning permission is required for creation of a new house (by building from scratch or a subdivision) and building home extensions. The process is expected to be completed within eight weeks. Planning permission process includes the following:

  1. Submission of Planning Application

This is the first step before carrying out major building construction or renovation. You need to fill and submit an application form to the local planning authority. There is a fee for submitting a planning application and it depends on the type of the proposed development. The fee for a full application for a new building is £462 and £206 for home extensions.

  1. Review by the Local Planning Authority

The application will be critically reviewed using “material considerations” as the basis for the final decision. Material considerations include loss of privacy, parking, traffic, highway safety, noise, overshadowing, layout and density of building, government policy, design and appearance, previous planning decisions, and nature conservation among other factors.

  1. Neighbours’ Comment

Homeowners surrounding your property will be asked their opinion about your proposed project. If the neighbours do not agree, the application may be turned down and if they do not object, the officers could recommend and approval of the application.

  1. Planning Meeting

If there are objections to the approval of the planning application, a meeting of the local planning committee will be arranged. At the meeting, an opportunity to address the committee will be given to you or your agent; but you are limited to just 3 minutes.

  1. Approval or Refusal

The decision to approve or reject your application will be made by a majority vote by the local planning committee.

When you hire Essex builders, the chances of having your application approved are high because we will guide you on the best way to present your application. Essex builders will serve as your planning consultant to pre-assess your application if the project will be feasible or not. Then we will advise on what to do to stand a better chance of success.

Contact us today. We look forward to working with you.