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What can I do if planning permission is refused?

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.

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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.

But all that is little consolation if your plans have been rejected. If this is the situation you’ve found yourself in, here are your next steps:planning drawings

  1. Review the reasons given by the local authority. They’ll be sent to you in writing. Then speak to your local planning officer. Ask them if changing your plans will make a difference.
  2. Get redesigning. Whether you employed an architect or did the plans yourself, now is the time to redesign based on the local authority feedback. You may be able to submit another application with modified plans free of charge within 12 months of the decision. Discuss this with your planning officer.
  3. If you think the local authority’s decision was unreasonable, you can appeal. But this is a last resort as it often takes months to get a decision. If you do want to take this route, we’d advise employing a planning consultant to manage your appeal.

For more advice on the appeal process see our guide or to find a planning consultant visit https://hoa.org.uk/services/planning/.


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