We'll take a look at what is required of you as the property owner and what planning permission entails. At the end of this guide, we've also included a section listing a handful of government websites that provide more information about home extensions.
Simply put, planning permission is the granting of permission to undertake building work on a property. Permission can be either granted or refused. Bear in mind that in some cases, being allowed to build will come with several conditions attached. Please note that planning permission MUST be granted before any work begins on your extension.
Planning is the responsibility of local authorities, as given to them by the Parliament in Westminster. Therefore the planning department of your local district or borough council are your first port of call for making an application for planning permission. It is highly advisable to consult with your local planning authority and building control service before starting your project.
You have to follow the rules to the letter. The owner of the property/land is responsible for following the relevant planning rules and building regulations, even if there is no need for planning permission. Failure to do so will make you liable for what is known as 'remedial action', which means that your building work could be forcibly demolished and/or restored to its original state.
There are several factors that affect the planning granting of planning permission, but they can be roughly grouped into five areas:
You can find more information on home extensions and planning permission on the following government websites:
This government website is packed with information on planning advice and facts on a whole range of projects, including home extensions. There is a comprehensive section on planning permission and what it entails.
Ealing Borough Council
Ealing's local council website has an extensive planning section that takes you through the planning process step-by-step. There is also a facility for the user to make an online planning application.
This guide has hopefully provided you with enough information to get you started with planning for your home extension. If you follow the regulations, the process should be fairly smooth.