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6 Pointers for your Extension Planning Application

If you’re not sure of the planning requirements for your house extension, then the whole process can prove rather nerve-wracking.

For this very reason it makes sense to leave that side of things with your Designer. They have no doubt been through the application approval regime before and, as such, have a good idea of what the council’s planning officials will be looking for. Here are six other ways to ensure your planning permission goes through first-time, allowing you and your Designer to get on with your project faster:


1. Read the planning guidelines

Not all local authority’s planning guidelines are similar. The differences may be slight, but they still must be adhered to. The type of areas that come under the guidelines include the effect of privacy on your neighbours, the finishing materials used, whether trees need to be cut down and how it will affect the road system. Referred to as ‘material planning considerations’ these also consider any effects on sunlight and noise disturbance.


2. Ensure designs are well-presented

As well as clearly outlining how you would like your London extension or new-build to look, it is also important that the planning drawing to scale. The proposed dwelling should not ‘stand out’ too much with regards to the environment and certainly be within character. Neither should it be detrimental to the landscape.


3. Notify the neighbours

Let the neighbours know that you are extending your home or planning a new build nearby. Not only is it only polite considering all the additional noise and increased site traffic that will occur but Planning officials will also look on this favourably. If the home extension is of a particular height or potentially overlooking another property, then informing the neighbours in writing is a necessity anyhow.


4. Be in touch with the technical side

By ‘the technical side’ we mean organisations that you know will have to be notified and consulted as part your project. This might be a company who does tree surveys or another which is skilled at flood risk assessment etc.


5. Get to know your planning officer

Designers make a point of getting to know the planning officers they will be dealing with in future. So should you if you are thinking of embarking on a new build project or extension to your home. Calling him or her and asking for advice does not do any harm; quite the contrary as it shows you are keen to ‘get it right’ as far as Planning is concerned. If you are employing a designer though it is usually part of their remit to deal with the local planning team on your behalf.


6. Have a designer on board

Save yourself a fortune in fees – not to mention stress – by getting a designer to look over your plans and help you implement them. Your initial consultation should also be free.




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