9:31 pm - Monday August 29, 2016

How to Manage a Planning Application in the UK

Prior to beginning projects, it is crucial that property owners comply with local planning rules and regulations. Local planning authorities must consent projects before they take place as certain buildings may be listed and specific land areas may be protected. Failure to submit a planning appeal will only result in money loss for both parties, as demotion or restoration may be required. Although this process may appear overwhelming, it can be simplified into a few easy steps, enabling property owners to gain peace of mind before beginning their project.

 Step One: Pre-applications

Before submitting planning appeals, applicants should carefully think over their plans and consider areas which may need improvement. Identifying potential problems and solving them beforehand is key to ensuring applications are successful when submitted. Those planning on building or reconstructing property should be realistic about their goals and investigate whether or not they are truly possible. Whilst advice can be giving by the local authorities on how to improve schemes, it is important property owners do not begin an unrealistic project which will only waste their time and money.

 Planning Application

Property owners should consider schemes carefully before construction work begins.

Pre-applications can be submitted prior to final submissions and will prove a great help in outlining specific requirements and identifying potential problems. Local requirements will be listed; allowing property owners to see if their schemes are likely be given consent. Property owners will be able to get a clearer view of how local rules and building regulations could alter their plans. Meeting with local planning authorities will also enable those thinking of submitting a planning appeal to discuss potential factors such as noise or traffic that could complicate plans.


Step Two: Submitting the paperwork

Applications can be sent online through the Planning Portal or directly in the post. Forms will be sent straight to the local planning authority and dealt with as soon as possible. When submitting a planning appeal, applicants must first

provide location details in order for the local authority to be clarified. Next, applicants must choose the correct form to fill in, whether this is applying for listed building consent or full planning permission. Those unsure of the exact form they are required to submit, should consult local authorities or alternatively read the series of brief descriptions provided online the Planning Portal. Property owners whom have extra documents or drawings they need to send can do so, providing files do not exceed 25MB.


Applications can be sent online through the Planning Portal.

Property owners who simply do not have the time to complete an application can send an appeal through a solicitor or an alternative agent. Help and advice can also be received through the planning consultants such as the Royal Town Planning Institute, however property owners should be warned that these services may cost. Free help and advice can be given through the Planning Aid Network, a voluntary assistance group run by RTPI.

Step Three: Post-submission

After submitting an application, property owners can review its progress online. Depending on whether the application has been ‘transferred’ or ‘submitted’ alterations can be made. Forms that are still in the ‘submitted’ stage can be adjusted and amended.


Submitting and managing a planning appeal is simpler than it seems. These three easy steps should help applicants submit and manage their appeals, hassle free. Those who don’t need planning permission should request a Lawful Development Certificate to be on the safe side.  After completing these stages, applicants can relax as they wait for decisions to be made.

By Maria Hubbard who recommends the architectscorporation.co.uk/ for those making a planning appeal in the UK.

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