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Making A Planning Application
Presenting the plans in an efficient manner will aid your application. As well as properly prepared location, floorplans and elevations, consider artists’ impressions, photo-montages or a model of the house. Mapping out landscaping, with planting plans and intentions to encourage native species is advised. Do your best to sell your vision for the site.
The application can be submitted online or on paper and includes the application fee, calculated for you if you apply online. The council will register the application, then a consultation period of three weeks allows neighbours, the parish council, highways authority and environment agency to comment on the plans. Your planning officer will then visit the site.
Once the submission is in, keep in touch with the planning officer to ask how it’s progressing. This is a handy way of ironing out any problems as they come up. At this early stage, it’s still possible to withdraw your application and re-submit. You will hear when the planning office has made a decision on your case. Most decisions are made by planning officers, but sometimes the planning committee makes the decision.
Refusal and appeal
If your application is refused, a discussion with your planning officer could be enough to work out a compromise and allow you to make a revised application without incurring another fee. If you’re still unsuccessful, the next stage is an appeal – which must be made within six months of refusal. Appeals can be in written format or via an informal hearing and are considered by an inspector from outside your area. A full appeal process can take up to eight months (there’s a fast-track process for small projects), and only around 35% of appeals are successful. Speak to a planning consultant to determine whether a new application may be a better bet.