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Planning and Licensing

Planning applications

Planning permission is generally required to carry out development, whether this involves building works or a material change of use of your land.

You must consider whether your proposed development requires planning permission and/or building regulations approval at the start of your project to ensure no problems occur later down the line.

The application process includes submitting details and plans of the proposed development to your local planning authority, who will then decide whether to grant or refuse permission. Sometimes the application will be determined by a committee of local councillors at a public meeting.

 

How long does a planning application take?

The length of time that the application process takes is dependent on the complexity of the development proposal. Some applications will be determined within 8 weeks, while others can take several months.

 

Our planning application advice

Our specialist planning team can help you to put together your application and liaise with the local planning authority while it is being determined. If your application is being considered by councillors, we can also represent you at council meetings.

If your application is refused, we can guide you through the appeal process, submitting a planning appeal on your behalf and representing you at any hearing.

 

Planning from all perspectives

Having worked within planning departments for local authorities, we have experience ‘on both sides of the fence’ and can advise you on the intricacies of planning law from all perspectives.

Above all, our planning solicitors are committed to helping you get the outcome you need, so you can focus on moving forward with your building projects.

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