Planning permissions are required for any development projects that have an impact on the public environment. This includes activities such as building a new home, extending an existing one, or changing the use of a building. In some cases, even minor alterations may need to be approved by the local planning authority.
The local planning authority is responsible for assessing applications for planning permission and deciding whether to grant permission. This decision is based on the local development plan and other statutory documents such as the National Planning Policy Framework. The local authority will consider a variety of factors, including the impact of the development on the local environment, the local economy and the public’s well-being.
It is important to research the planning permission process thoroughly before submitting an application. This will help to ensure that the application is complete and correct and that all necessary documents and information are included. The local planning authority will assess the application and make a decision in due course.
If planning permission is granted, the authority will issue a legal document setting out the terms of the permission, including any conditions that must be met. It is important to check that all conditions are met before starting work on the project. Failure to comply with the conditions of the permission can lead to enforcement action being taken by the local authority.