Finding a listed building

Finding a listed building

You can find out if a building is listed through your local council. Finding listed buildings in your area If you want to do building work in your home or are moving into a new home which you plan to do building work on in future, you should check it’s not a listed building because different rules apply in this case. Your local council may have a list or catalogue of listed buildings, or you…

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The planning system – who decides what

The planning system – who decides what

The government has given responsibility for determining planning matters to local authorities. There are two main types of local authority – district and county councils each of which perform different roles. There are also unitary councils, which combine the roles of county and district councils. What district councils do District councils deal with local planning matters as well as environmental health and rubbish collection. They prepare a Local Plan for their area and deal with…

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Changes to planning regulations for homeowners

Changes to planning regulations for homeowners

*This is archived content * From October 2008 the majority of homeowners no longer need to get planning permission when extending their existing homes. Other common building projects like fitting solar panels or converting a garage are also easier to carry out following changes to planning regulations. How do you benefit from the changes? The changes let you carry out some types of building work without needing to pay up to 1000 for planning permission….

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Community involvement

Community involvement

The government is keen for individuals and communities to take an active part in the planning process. Having your say requires access to information and willingness to given an opinion, either as an individual or in a group. How you can get involved in the planning process The law requires both local and regional planning bodies to prepare a statement of community involvement. These set out policy on involving the community in preparing regional spatial…

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Making an appeal against a planning decision

Making an appeal against a planning decision

Sometimes you may not get the decision you want on your planning application. If you feel that this is unfair or wrong, then you have the right to appeal. Appeals are handled by The Planning Inspectorate, which will take another look at your application. Discuss your application with your Local Planning Authority If the Local Planning Authority (LPA) turns down your planning application, you should look at the reasons why it was refused. Speak to…

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Getting help with planning

Getting help with planning

A wide range of advice is available to help you get involved in the planning system. Getting advice from your Local Planning Authority Your Local Planning Authority (LPA)is responsible for dealing with applications for planning permission in your area. LPAs employ professional planners to advise them in preparing Development Plans for an area and making decisions on individual planning applications. These officers are an important source of local knowledge and advice and should be your…

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Enforcement appeals

Enforcement appeals

If you have been served with an enforcement notice this information can help you decide whether there are grounds for appeal. Appeals process If you have gone ahead without the required permission the council may simply ask you to apply retrospectively. Much depends on the nature of the development and its effect on neighbours. If the council considers that the development involves a breach of planning control, it may take remedial enforcement action. You can…

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Tree management and preservation

Tree management and preservation

If a tree is of importance, your council can request that a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) be attached to a tree. Find out about TPOs and getting authorisation to work on a protected tree. Why protect trees and hedges? Trees and hedges are a key element of our countryside, but they also have a major part to play in urban areas. Trees and hedges in private gardens, parks and other open spaces, or lining the…

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Commenting on appeals

Commenting on appeals

There is no third party right of appeal in England and Wales. However, anyone who lives near the appeal site or has an interest in the appeal can make a comment on the process. Who to contact should you wish to comment Appeals are handled by the Planning Inspectorate not the local authority. If you wish to comment on an appeal you will need to make your views known to the Planning Inspectorate. The way…

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Planning permission – before you start work

Planning permission – before you start work

Whether or not you need to apply for planning permission, you should think about the following before you start work. Neighbours Let your neighbours know about work you intend to carry out to your property. They are likely to be as concerned about work which might affect them as you would be about changes which might affect your enjoyment of your own property. Even if what you want to do would be lawful from a…

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Reporting problems with street names and numbering

Reporting problems with street names and numbering

Addresses are important as they give police, emergency services, and the general public a way of locating and referencing properties. Your council is the local street naming and numbering authority. Find out how to rename a street or report street naming problems in your area. Renaming and renumbering streets Sometimes it is necessary to rename or renumber a street. This is usually only done as a last resort when: there is confusion over a street’s…

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Do you need planning permission?

Do you need planning permission?

Before you start any building work, you must check if you need planning permission. If you fail to do this, you may break the law. Find out how to apply for planning permission and what other permissions – for example, relating to party walls – you might need before work begins. Find out if you need planning permission Use the interactive house on the Planning Portal, the government’s planning and building resource, to find out…

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Conservation areas and advice

Conservation areas and advice

Conservation areas are places which are desirable to preserve as a result of special architectural or historic interest. You can apply for planning permission to alter a building in a conservation area below. Areas of cultural or historical importance Areas that include important examples of our social, cultural and aesthetic history must be safeguarded from indiscriminate or ill-considered change. These areas often contain listed buildings. However, it is not always enough to protect these buildings…

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Commenting on other applications

Commenting on other applications

If you wish to have your say on a planning application, there is a limited amount of time in which you can send comments to the local planning office as the decision process needs to stick to timetables. Finding out about developments If you are affected by a new development proposal, you may first hear about it as a neighbour who is informally consulted by the developer. After the planning application has been made, the…

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My house is a listed building, what does that mean?

My house is a listed building, what does that mean?

If your house is included on a statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest, compiled and managed by English Heritage, then it is classed as a ‘listed building’. This means that the property is legally protected, in order to preserve and safeguard it for future enjoyment. It means that any proposed alterations to the building must be considered in conjunction with the historical and architectural interest of the building before they are…

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Reporting a planning breach

Reporting a planning breach

If you believe a development has breached a planning control you can contact your local planning authority. What is a planning breach? A planning breach usually occurs when: a development that requires planning permission is undertaken without the permission being granted – either because the planning application was refused or was never applied for a development that has been given permission subject to conditions breaks one or more of those conditions A planning breach in…

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What is a certificate of lawful development?

What is a certificate of lawful development?

A certificate of lawful development is a certificate, usually issued by a local authority, which proves the development on the land has been done lawfully. There will be no requirement for such a certificate if planning permission has been granted before any development has taken place, and that development has been successfully built in line with the planning permission. Given that planning permission should nearly always be applied for before development takes place, and that…

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Making a planning application

Making a planning application

If you need planning permission for your building work, you can apply online through the Planning Portal to your local council. Find out how to apply, how much it costs and how long it takes. Check first if you need planning permission For many smaller building developments you don’t need planning permission Before applying for planning permission make sure you need it for your planned building work. A number of smaller building developments, e.g. many…

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The planning system and development control

The planning system and development control

The planning system is needed to control development in your area. Your local planning authority (LPA) is responsible for deciding whether a development – anything from an extension on a house to a new shopping centre – should go ahead. The LPA is usually the district or borough council – not the parish or town council. The role of the local council Within the framework of legislation approved by Parliament, councils should try to ensure…

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Planning permission

Planning permission

Decisions on applications for planning and changes to land and building use are made by local planning authorities – usually the local council or National Park planning authority. They take into account: local development plans national policy guidance from the government material considerations such as size, layout, siting, design, external appearance, proposed means of access, landscaping, impact on the neighbourhood, and effects on roads, water and other services the need for an efficient and flexible…

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