FAQ's on Permitted Development
The 'Permitted Development' web site (PD England) is owned and run by
the Christopher Hunt Practice ( CHP ) who is an independent
Planning & Building Design consultancy specialising in residential development.
Here is a list of frequently asked questions relating to Permitted development. It may not be fully concise but
it may answer some of your question before you have to make contact.
QUOTE: "Government is the great fiction, through which everybody
endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."
Q: I think my
scheme is Permitted Development but the council disagree. What should I do?
A: Seek an alternative opinion from an
experienced Building Designer or Planning Agent to test your theory. Then obtain a drawing of your intensions and
submit a Certificate of Lawful Development to the Council Planning Dept.
Q: I have already built a scheme some
time ago and now selling my home. The purchasers surveyor / solicitor is querying whether or not it needed planning
- what do I do?
A: If the building / extension is over 4
years old & you can prove it then tell the purchasers Agents that the Council can no longer take action even if
it did need planning permission and let sleeping dogs lay. If they persist in obtaining a more formal written
confirmation and they will not proceed with the house purchase without such evidence then you will have to provide
drawings and submit a Certificate of Lawful Development to the Council.
Q: The Planning Department are refusing
to answer my questions whether or not the scheme I want to build is in fact Permitted Development. What should I do
A: This is getting more common as time
goes on. The council will either have a 'paid for' informal advice route where you will have to provide written
details and pay a fee or they will have the more formal legal route for applying for a Certificate of Lawful
Development. If you do not want to take a chance then you have no choice but to use one of these two fee paying
Q: My council did tell me over the phone
(or via a meeting) that my scheme was permitted development but now it is built they are telling me that it now
requires formal planning consent. What do I do?
A: The councils previous advice is
informal and as such not legally binding (I wish we could all get away with that caveat!) You have
probably fallen into a technical trap. You either adjust the building so that it does comply with a PD building or
apply for retrospective planning permission. The Case Planning Officer should be able to give you an indication
whether or not they would support the scheme.
Q: I was told a long time ago that my scheme was not a permitted
development type of building. I think the new PD criteria may allow it. Will the Planners previous decision
prejudice a fresh approach?
A: No. There are now a great many
schemes being resurrected that were either refused planning or denied PD now being built under the revised
permitted development rules. Do check with your council first though and obtaining a Certificate of lawfulness is
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