5 common planning permission mistakes

5 common planning permission mistakes

Do I Need Planning Permission Scotland1 – Going to big

Everyone wants to maximise space when planning an extension, after all you want to get it right.

Do your plans meet the permitted development rights for your type of project? If so you may not even need planning permission but if it doesn’t is your proposal likely to get approved? If you proposals are over the permitted development criteria contact your local planning department to see what their initial thoughts on this are prior to lodging your application.

Find out what other people have done in your area, it’s a great way to see what gets planning permission. You can do this online at your local council’s website in the planning department section.

2 – Getting permission for something your budget can’t afford

Make sure you leave a decent garden space.

Lodging a planning application where your proposal is to big will only delay your project it can take two months to get a decision and if your application is refused you may have to start over again.

Do I Need Permission recommend sticking to the permitted development criteria unless your site can warrant a larger project, for example it has a larger than normal garden or further away from your neighbours.

3 – Not being relevant to the existing building

Make sure your project is relevant to your existing building. This doesn’t mean you have to match your new extension to the exact same details as your existing home. Think about your area, style of property and location of your project.

We often get carried away when designing extensions, large open plan spaces, bi-fold doors, designer kitchens or bathrooms and fancy roof lanterns is all great on paper but how much will this actually cost you to build?

Do your plans match your budget? Always get quotes for your initial sketches before you lodge for planning permission there is no use having permission for something you can’t afford to build.

Try Do I Need Permissions free online cost estimators to see what your project might cost.

If you have planning permission for something your budget doesn’t allow for don’t worry you can amend your plans but remember you may have to pay additional architect and planning permission fees.

4 – Not providing all the information

Make sure you provide as much information as possible. A planning application for an extension will normally consist of,

  • Location plan,
  • Site layout existing and proposed,
  • Existing floor plans and elevations,
  • Proposed floor plans and elevations,
  • Proposed sections.

In addition to this you will need to specify external materials for the existing and new build including doors, windows, facias, drainage, roof tiles, render, roughcast, brick or stone, you will also be required to specify the colours of each material.

5 – Not completing the application forms correctly

Make sure you complete the application forms correctly, you can now submit your planning application online.

Online submission is great, wizards are available to give you the right forms to complete, you are then guided through the forms stage by stage and provide a check lists at the end to make sure you have completed all the information required.

Not providing the right information at the start of the process can
invalidate you application and cause delays.

Follow these tips and you shouldn’t have a problem.

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