Will I need planning permission?

Planning applications are required for most of the more ambitious alterations and additions. Although broadly similar across councils, each local planning authority has their own interpretation of what is and is not permissible in general, and the various heights and distances that will be acceptable on boundaries. Given the number of projects we have undertaken over the years in South West London, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, HollandGreen has built up extensive knowledge and experience across all the councils in these areas.

There are more demanding rules for development in Conservation Areas, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and for particular Listed Buildings.  You should also note that, despite popular belief, ‘precedent’ is seldom a reason for approval – each application is judged on its merit and context and how it applies the guidance laid out in the various
Council planning Publications.

Below is an extract of an element of some Planning Application Drawings.

Existing ground floor plan

Existing ground floor plan

Existing rear elevation

Existing rear elevation

Existing section

Existing section

Proposed rear elevation

Proposed rear elevation

Proposed section

Proposed section

 

The drawings are supported with a Site Location Plan and, when dealing with a Conservation Area or with some Councils a Design and Access Statement. Applications may require other supporting evidence or reports dependent on the type of application being made.

Once submitted to the Council Planning Department we manage the process as your agent, tracking each step and keeping you informed of the major milestones during the journey. Our Planning Team (drawing on experience from Higher Management positions within Council Planning Departments) are able to ensure that your application is crafted and supported in such a way as to have the highest probability of success.

By closely tracking each and every application we are also able to quickly react to any adverse feedback or
representations ensuring a quick turn-around and solid feedback – further enhancing the probability of success.