Some works do not require planning permission in certain circumstances. These are called permitted development and relate to a wide range of residential and commercial projects and changes of use subject to size limitations and conditions. Certain forms of permitted development do however require Lawful Development Certificate or the prior approval of the local authority for certain matters.
Failing to comply with the planning requirements results to an enforcement notice flying your way. This little notice unfortunately means everything added to your existing property may be completely removed. Therefore, it is crucial that the intended project is legally conducted.
It is important to note that it is not an offence to undertake development without planning permission, or make changes to a building without planning permission. However, it is a criminal offence to fail to comply with an enforcement notice.
An enforcement notice is a notice requiring compliance with planning consent. If the notice is upheld, the penalty for failure to comply is a fine of up to £20,000 on summary conviction or an unlimited fine on indictment.
Securing Planning Permission is not a rocket science. Here are the stages of obtaining planning permission in London and in the UK:
Ufuk Bahar BA(Hons) MA is the managing director of Urbanist Architecture Ltd. He studied architecture at 3 different universities. Ufuk Bahar is the person one of the most successful property developer in London declared an “expert planner” and a very well-known architecture critic called an “exceptional designer obsessed with perfection”. He works on complex planning permission cases and helps his clients pursue their property development objectives. Read more…
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