The planning application is the first major step on your self-building journey. Before you send yours off for inspection, here are some important considerations to have in mind:
The extent of consent will determine what you can do. Should you have full consent for a given design then that will only apply to that design alone. If you obtain what is called outline consent, then you will have the manoeuvrability to change it. It is a useful tip to investigate previously rejected applications so as to avoid falling at the same hurdles.
Once the council has your application, they will proceed to let all relevant parties know about your intentions. This includes neighbours, tree officers, conservation officers and a whole host of other bodies. Each individual party will receive your design, along with your design statement. If your statement anticipates their concerns then you might save yourself a lot of back and forth. Consider issues such as access, impact on neighbours and conservation in your design and building process to ensure a smoother project.
The area around your plot is the concern of local conservation officers. They will interrogate your plans to ensure the environmental impact of your project is minimal. Trees and local wildlife should play a part in your consideration and taking the time to have a good look around your property to make yourself aware of any issues.
Your neighbours can help or hurt your project. It is advisable to let them know about your intentions from the off-set. Bring your fully sketched drawings around and chat about them over a cup of tea. Having these meetings can really help address any issues before they become issues. If you win your neighbours over before you submit your application then they can become an important asset in getting it approved.
Having an informal meeting with your local planning officer and showing them your intentions will help your application along. They can immediately tell you, without consequence, the issues with your application, giving you time to polish them before your official submit them. The advice you gain now can save you in time and money.
Some councils have a habit of asking to see samples of the materials you intend to use after you’ve been given consent. This can slow your project down and could lead to a set back if they don’t like what they see. Stating these materials clearly in your application can avoid this potential delay.
Foul Drainage – It won’t cut it to mention that your drainage will connect to your home’s mains. You will also need to prove that you will not have to move over your neighbour’s property to reach the drain.
Surface Water – If the site you are building has heavy clay soil then it might be an issue with planning that you intend to remove it via a soak way. This will need to be specified and detailed.
Parking – Should your design affect the amount of parking you need then you’ll need to get onto your local council to discuss that.
The complicated process of planning and designing can be hard to navigate. We here at Arboreta Garden Rooms are more than willing to give you a hand through the planning and designing stage. We will even submit these applications for you.
A consultant might come in handy should your project exist in a complicated area. Navigating the legal problems involved in these applications is an important aspect of getting them approved and a local consultant might be a quick way around those issues.
Getting the right paperwork is as important as filling it in incorrectly. Listed buildings require a second application and all of them can be found on the Planning Portal website. Filling out the right forms correctly saves you having to do it a second time.