What can I do if planning permission is refused?
September 16, 2020
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September 16, 2020
After months of hard work finding builders, architects and structural engineers, then deciding the minute details of your building project, a planning refusal from your local authority can be a blow. We’ve asked the consumer advice website HomeOwners Alliance what to do next.
Obtaining planning permission continues to be a huge barrier to homeowners getting building work done. Our 2019 HomeOwner Survey polled by YouGov revealed that 27% of homeowners found that issues with planning permission was the biggest obstacle to getting work done, after finding a builder and raising the funds for the project.
The government has responded by continuing to ease planning rules, allowing more types of projects to be completed without applying for planning permission. For example, as of 2019, a double storey extension to a house falls under permitted development rights, as long as certain conditions are met. And this year, the government announced that property owners will be able to build additional space above their properties without planning permission, subject to neighbour consultation.
The HomeOwners Alliance is a property advice website and Britain’s only organisation to champion, support and serves Britain’s 17 million homeowners, and the 5 million of you aspiring to own your own home. They provide unbiased and practical advice as well as services you can rely on whether you’re buying, selling or owning your home. Find out more by visiting www.hoa.org.uk [hoa.org.uk]
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