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Applying for planning permission in London

Gaining planning permission in London

The City of London planning site covers all types of planning applications. Websites for each London Borough invite you to apply online with Planning Portal.

Before you apply

To give your application the best chance of being accepted, there is information and documentation you will need to acquire beforehand. First and foremost, you need to know what kind of work it is that is being undertaken and the consent you need.

As part of your application, you will need to include plans of the site. This includes the original area plans as well as plans which outline the proposed new developments.

Urbanist Architecture are architects based in London who understand the different processes behind a planning application helping with the creation of plans, creation of reports such as the Design & Access Statement as well as dealing with the planning application submission itself.

Area maps can be printed from the London interactive map while planning maps can be purchased from Planning Portal to allow you to use tools to insert an outline of your development onto the area map.

Every aspect of the planning application can be found on the City of London site from application forms to lists of Conservation areas and Listed Buildings.

Whatever work you are planning, a planning officer can assess your proposed development and give you an idea if your application has a good chance of being accepted.

They will look at and identify any problems that must be acknowledged and solved in your application.

the-avenue-eastbourne-development-finance-5Websites for each of the Boroughs of London offer pre-application services at varying cost. The City of London site can also be used to receive pre-application advice through the use of a request form.

There is a wide range of costs depending on how much advice you would like to receive and how many meetings you require.

The City of London Local Plan was set up in 2015, containing policy to guide planning decisions. One policy of this Plan requires all planning applications to undergo viability appraisals. For your development to be viable, it will have to environmentally friendly and the impact it may have on the rate of affordable housing will also have to be assessed among other things.

The process

Once you have everything ready, you can begin the application process through the Planning Portal. Although the Planning Portal is encouraged, planning applications can be sent in paper format to the Department of Planning & Transportation, P.O. Box 270, Guildhall,  London EC2P 2EJ.  (Tel: 020 7332 1710)

Once your application has been registered and validated by the Planning Authority, the proposal will be sent to neighbours and relevant statutory bodies who will have 21 days to voice any concerns or objections they may have.

Part of the pre-application advice will be about communicating this information to neighbours beforehand to see if anyone will object and see what you can do to put them at ease or change your proposal to incorporate their needs.

It should take a maximum of eight weeks for a decision to be reached on minor applications up to 16 weeks for major applications.

If your application is rejected, you can appeal. You appeal to the independent Planning Inspectorate and must do so within 6 months from the date of the decision letter.

Alternatively, you can apply again making suitable changes to your proposal to tackle the problems which caused your original application to be rejected.

If your application is accepted, you are free to start work on your development. The building work must begin within three years of the application being accepted.

Please note Hunter Finance only offer advice on planning permission and advises that all parties seek their own independent advice on individual planning applications. See Planning permission – GOV.UK.