ARCHITECTURAL & INTERIOR PLANNING SERVICES
Home Counties Design
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Requiring Planning Permission
* A garage conversion needs Planning Permission when the original house has a restriction
placed upon it stating that the garage must be kept for vehicular use. Where this is in the
form of a Covenant, legal advice should be sought.
* Planning Permission is also needed if the front wall, or windows, of a garage conversion project
in front of the existing house, ie. if a bay window is installed.
WHAT’S NEEDED TO START?
* We’ll come to you to talk over your project, free of charge, and let you know what’s possible.
* We’ll send you an estimate of our fees and let you know what other costs are involved,
especially Local Authority charges.
* We’ll carry out a measured Survey of the existing building, and plot the surrounding area
and adjoining properties.
* We’ll draw up the Survey plans and elevations, as these are needed by the Local Authority.
* We’ll prepare Scheme drawings for you to agree, showing plans, sections, and elevations
of your proposed conversion.
* We’ll prepare and submit the Planning Application to the Local Authority.
* We’ll receive an Acknowledgement of the Application from the Council giving a decision date
- which is usually a minimum of 8 weeks from the acknowledgement date.
* The Council will send Notice letters to your neighbours giving them 21 days to comment
on your Application.
* The Planning Officer will visit your property, and your neighbours’, and take photographs to
assist with their report.
* Your Application will be decided by the Planning Department under delegated powers,
unless there are justifiable objections from neighbours. In which case it will go before
a Planning Committee, taking longer than 8 weeks.
* Once you’ve received Planning Permission you’ll need to think about construction drawings.
* If Planning Permission is refused you can Appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.