The thought of extending or altering your property can be a daunting one. The first question that many of our clients ask is “will I need planning permission?” Honestly, this isn’t the simplest question to answer as there are many factors to consider!
Making any major external alterations to your property is likely to require planning permission, but other issues can determine how complex the process may be. Location is one of the most important aspects which contribute to the difficulty of the planning process. For example, if you live in a conservation area, such as Harrogate or Knaresborough, or your property is listed, you will be subject to stricter planning controls. Other factors which will affect your chances of getting approval include your neighbours and the design of the proposal.
If you are thinking about planning permission, it is always worth being aware that the process takes time. Once an application is submitted most decisions are made within 8 weeks. However, if the proposal is large or particularly complex, this can be extended to 13 weeks and sometimes longer.
If you decide that planning permission is not a route you wish to take, then there is always the possibility of using your permitted development rights. Permitted development rights allow householders to improve and extend their homes without the need for planning permission. Although there are certain restrictions with what you can achieve under these rights, it is surprising how much you can improve your property without the need for planning permission.