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A Comprehensive Guide 

Let's face it, planning permission can be a headache. With so many variables in the mix, it's hard to predict the outcome of a planning application. But don't worry! As a London-based multidisciplinary architecture and planning practice, we've got you covered. In addition to our expertise in navigating the planning system, we also believe in educating our clients about the process. We want you to feel informed and empowered throughout the planning application process. That's why we take the time to explain how planning works and what you can expect at each stage. With us, you'll not only get a successful planning outcome, but you'll also learn about the process along the way.




Planning permission is a vital part of property development and renovation in the United Kingdom. If you're considering making significant changes to your property or constructing a new building, you must be aware of the UK's planning permission requirements. This article provides a comprehensive guide to understanding and navigating planning permission in the UK, ensuring your project is compliant with local and national regulations.


What is planning permission?


Planning permission is the formal approval granted by local planning authorities for the construction, extension, or alteration of buildings and land. It helps regulate development and ensures that all projects meet building codes, safety regulations, and environmental considerations. Gaining planning permission is crucial for any project, as proceeding without it can result in penalties, fines, and even forced demolition.


Types of planning permission


1. Householder Planning Permission

2. Full Planning Permission

3. Outline Planning Permission

4. Lawful Development Certificate

Permitted development rights


Permitted development rights are a set of predetermined criteria that allow certain building works or changes of use without the need for planning permission. These rights differ for various types of property and locations. For example, some changes allowed under permitted development rights for a single-family home may not apply to a flat or maisonette. Additionally, properties in conservation areas, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or listed buildings have more restrictions.


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How to apply for planning permission ?

The planning application process typically involves the following steps:


1. Pre-application consultation

2. Application submission

3. Application review

4. Public consultation

5 Decision


Full description of the planning application steps can be found here.



Navigating planning permission in the UK can be a complex process, but understanding the different types of permissions, permitted development rights, and the application process will help ensure a smoother journey. By engaging with your local planning authority early in the process and following the necessary regulations, you can increase your chances of a successful project and avoid potential legal issues.


If you want to learn more please follow the links below:

  1. Planning Portal

  2. Plain English Guide to Planning System

  3. Planning in Conservation Areas

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