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Planning Application Types


The planning process can be confusing even at the best of times, and a large part of that falls to the sheer number of different applications there are for planning boards. In actual fact, there’s even an application for situations where you’re not sure which application you need. It really is that bad. To shed some light on the situation, we’re here to help with our brief guide on the various planning application types out there, and what they all really mean.

Permitted Development Enquiries

You can get an informal, written opinion from a planning officer for a small fee. They must research information about your property and understand exactly what work is being carried out before they can advise you whether you need planning permission. They can only give very general advice over the telephone. Although our written response is informal it is often enough for evidence required in the process of a house sale.


Preparing to carry out a development can be expensive. To help you minimize the cost of this process, we provide a pre-application service. Pre-application advice is provided by planning officers employed by the council, which outlines how we are likely to determine any subsequent planning application and any changes that are likely to be needed, if any, to give your scheme the best chance of being granted a planning permission. We will design basic planning drawings to be submitted as part of the application. The guidance given is informal advice and does not bind the council in any future decision it makes.  However, in our experience where pre-application advice is obtained and incorporated into any scheme, developments are more likely to obtain planning permission and decisions are made significantly faster.

House Holder Planning Consent

Proposals to alter or enlarge a single house, including works within the boundary or garden. This application is for projects such as home extension, loft conversions, garage conversions, dormer windows, garages, carports and outbuildings that don’t fall within Permitted Development.

Outline Planning

This application can be used to find out whether a proposed development is acceptable to the local planning authority before substantial costs are incurred in developing a detailed design. Planning permission is often applied for first, to establish whether the proposed new dwelling or development would be acceptable to the local planning authority. If Planning Permission is approved, a detailed proposal with planning drawings is then put forward.

Change of Use

In order to change the use of a business premises, the property owner or business operator is often required to obtain planning permission. This application is called a change of use.

What can be Permitted Development

  • Single Storey rear extensions must not extend beyond the rear of the original house further than 3m if it is semi-detached and terraced or by 4m if it is a detached house.
  • Single Storey rear extensions must not exceed over 4m high.
  • All Double Storey Extensions will require a full planning application.
  • Extensions (including previous extensions) and other buildings must not exceed 50% of the total area of land around the original house.
  • If extension is within two metres of a boundary maximum eaves height should be no higher than three metres to be permitted development.
  • On designated land side extensions are not permitted development.
  • Side extensions to be single storey with a maximum height of four metres.
  • Width of side extension must not have a width greater than half the width of the original house.
  • Materials used in exterior work to be similar in appearance to those of the exterior of the existing house. This condition does not apply when the extension is a conservatory.
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