I’m pretty good with the catchy titles huh?
As much as it might grate with us sometimes, it is a good thing that we have a planning system in this country.
Yes I understand the argument that if you own a piece of land then you should be able to do what you want with it, and I could give plenty of examples of when it goes wrong, BUT the alternative is almost unthinkable. If there was a free for all, sadly it wouldn’t take long for us to ruin the entire country!
However, an Englishman’s home is still his castle and the planning process does recognise that.
There is provision within the system for a homeowner (or owner of commercial property for that matter) to make some changes to their property without having to go through the rigmarol of a planning application.
This is called Permitted Development. If what you are proposing to do falls within a set of “rules” that are in place, then you are at liberty to go ahead without planning permission.
Definitive guidance on what falls under the heading of PD can be found at http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/ but the sorts of thing you can do include:
– Loft conversions
– House extensions
– Garage conversions
Now there are certain stipulations to all the above, it’s not a free for all, but in the right circumstances there is much that can be done without a planning application!