Is permission required for your proposed development?
Certain small developments do not require permission. If you have doubts, or if you would like formal confirmation that a development does not require planning permission and is lawful, you should apply for a Certificate of Lawful Development, using the link at the bottom of this page.
The Planning Portal's Interactive House, linked to below, provides a visual guide to the permitted development rights for houses.
Larger House Extensions - Temporary PD Rights until 30 May 2016 (changes to Part 1 Schedule 2 of the GPDO (1995)
Applies to single storey rear extensions between 4m and 8m projection (on a detached house); between 3m and 6m in any other case. Extensions must be 4m or less in height. These temporary rights do not apply to Article 1(5) land (i.e. Conservation Areas) or SSSI.
If the Prior Approval Procedure is applicable to your proposal:
- The Council must write to adjoining neighbours.
- If no objection is received, we can formally confirm that Prior Approval is not required.
- If an objection is received, we must then assess impact on residential amenity. We then decide whether the proposal can be granted accordingly having taken residential amenity into account.
- Must assess impact on all neighbours not just the one who objected.
- We can ask for additional information at this stage if necessary.
- We have a 42 day deadline after which Prior Approval is deemed to be granted.
- The extension must be completed by 30 May 2016 and the applicant must notify the Council of completion in writing.
If planning permission is required it can be very helpful to seek our advice about your planning proposals before submitting your actual application. This might involve meeting with us or just sending us your proposals for us to comment. This can help to overcome potential difficulties and make sure your application deals with all the important planning considerations.
Full details of how this service works can be found in the downloadable Pre-Planning Advice leaflet below. Please note that VAT is applicable to the Pre-Planning Advice service.
If your house is a Listed Building or in a Conservation Area, you may need to apply for Planning Permission. You can find this out by using our Interactive Mapping Online system.
- Go to Interactive Mapping Online, below, and launch the service.
- In the Map Legend, click the box against Conservation. This will display Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings and Tree Preservation orders on the map.
- Enter your address or postcode in the "Search for an Address" box and click on the Search button.
- Select your address in the list.
- Your property will be shown on the map. To find the nearest Listed Building or Conservation area to your property select the relevant conservation category from the marker box.
- To find out other information near your property, select the overlays you are interested in from the Map Legend, then click on the map.