ARCHITECTURAL & INTERIOR PLANNING SERVICES
Home Counties Design
OFFICE : 0208 642 3352 EMAIL : INFO@HOMECOUNTIESDESIGN.CO.UK
NEW FRONT WALLS & GATES
* Front walls and gates need Planning Permission if they exceed 1 metre in height, or 600mm
at the entrance to a driveway.
* If there are trees close by, you may require an Arboriculturist’s Report, a Tree ProtectionPlan,
and a foundation scheme designed by a Structural Engineer.
* New driveways require Planning Permission if they exceed 10m2 of hardstand.
* Rainwater from a driveway isn’t allowed to run onto the pavement or roadway,
so a gully and soakaway will be needed.
* The majority of new cross-overs require Planning Permission. They are also subject
to the requirements of the Local Authority’s Highways Department, the County Highways
Department, and Transport for London, depending on the Category of the road involved.
* If granted Planning Permission, cross-overs are constructed by the Local Authority at your expense.
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 site as necessary.
* 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 works.
* 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 Council will ask for recommendations from the Highways Department.
* 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.
* If Planning Permission is refused you can Appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.