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Getting The Planning Permission

The Planning Application Process

In most circumstances and irrespective of the project being a new building, an extension or the refurbishment of an existing building, planning permission must be obtained from the Local Authority. The exception to this is when a project complies with the very specific requirements for Permitted Development.

The level of information required for a planning application is that described for  Developed Design (RIBA Stage 3).

If there are aspects of a project that make the outcome of the planning process uncertain, a Pre-Application may be made at during the development of the Concept Design (RIBA Stage 2). This process enables the early integration into the design of the comments made by the Local Authority.

The process for a Planning Application varies depending on various factors:

  • The nature and scope of the project: for example, residential or commercial, refurbishment/extension or new build, minor or major development
  • The local environment: conservation area or not
  • Listed Building: building having a special status because of historical or architectural interest. In such cases, in addition to a Planning Application, Listed Building Consent will be required. In certain circumstances, other Authorities may be involved in the process.

Obtaining a planning application is a public process during which neighbours and other parties with a specific interest in the area have the right to comment upon the project. This is a factor to which Hampson Williams give appropriate consideration when developing the project.

Planning Permission can be given subject to Conditions which may require further approval of the materials to be used in the construction, details of landscaping and other design matters. Conditions to a planning permission can be appended to the approval of any type of development but in particular, relative to Listed Buildings and buildings in Conservation Areas. Approval of Conditions is usually required before works on site commence.

Pre-commencement Conditions may be issued with the Planning Permission. In such instances, no work can start on site until the required information has been submitted and approved. The effect of this is that although the right to build has been secured, the right to start the building works must wait.

What we do differently: Straight to the goal

When obtaining planning permission is uncertain, Clients’ quite reasonably prefer to limit their commitment. Similarly, securing planning permission for a building that does not achieve the Client’s expectations or that cannot be built for the Client’s budget is a waste of money and time.

Hampson Williams’ approach is:

  • Hampson Williams believe that achieving Planning Permission should not be left to chance. To achieve planning permission, Hampson Williams apply their knowledge, experience and skills.
  • Hampson Williams ensure that planning permission for is granted for achievable buildings that are designed to conform with construction standards and comply with Building Regulation.
  • Hampson Williams has an impressive history of obtaining over 90% of planning permissions at the first submission including permissions for Listed Buildings and projects within Conservation Areas.

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