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The Planning System: A Brief Overview

The UK Planning System is the framework that shapes the built environment in which we live. It’s designed to ensure the right development happens in sustainable locations that benefits our communities and economy. Planning Policies are shaped by the Government’s National Planning Portal Framework (NPPF) and Local Authority Development Plans that are bespoke to where you live.

The primary purposes of these policies are to:

  • Identify locations where new development is acceptable

  • Support communities by improving the local area

  • Protect Green Belt and other important landscape features

  • Support innovation whilst safeguarding the historic environment

  • Ensure extensions and additions to properties are sensible 

  • Preserve amenity of neighbouring homes during developments

Obtaining Planning Permission is often a key step in most projects, involving a thorough application process which can include public and neighbour consultation. On average, a typical planning application will take 8 weeks from the date it is submitted, however it can take longer depending on the complexity.

Planning Applications are needed for the vast majority of developments, however it's not as scary as they seem. Get expert advice from a local designer who can guide you through what maybe feasible and manage the application process for you. They should also be able to help design and make the best use of the space available for your project, giving you the best chance of success!

Common Planning Application Fees

Householder (i.e. Extensions)


Certificate of Lawfulness


Full Applications (1-9 Houses)

£578.00 per property

Full Applications (Non-Residential)

£578.00 per 0.1 Hectares

Discharge of Conditions

£43.00 or £145.00

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