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About Planning Applications


Is Planning Permission required, or would the proposal be 'Permitted Development'?


Finding whether planning permission is required should be the first step to any project, this can be gained either via the Permitted Development page on this website, or by visiting the Government run Planning Portal for the UK. If you are a home owner, the Planning Portal will inform you whether Planning Permission is required, via helpful interactive guides (for attached and detached dwellings). In some cases a proposal is classed as 'Permitted Development', meaning that planning permission is not required, however Building Regulations Approval may be, the Planning Portal will advise you on this. It is important not to be confused by 'Outline' and a 'full planning application', the former relates only to large proposals such as multiple residential units or large commercial developments.


Should planning permission be required, CPA Planning Design can to take your ideas or requirements, create a solution and turn them into drawings a local authority will accept as part of a planning application. Once existing and proposed drawings are complete and agreed upon, the client can proceed with submitting them as part of a planning application package. CPA Planning Design can also provide the required Location and Site plans, clearly marked up with the property in question.




Drawings commonly required:

The Location, Site and Existing drawings are typically created within 1 week with CPA Planning Design. The schedule for proposed drawings does vary with each project, but these normally follow the existing drawings. For larger schemes you may wish to consider Outline Planning Application Drawings, as these typically comprise an existing and proposed site plan and therefore lower your drawing costs considerably. This type of application is only suitable for 'straight forward' sites when there are no restrictions such as Tree protection or Listed Buildings, there are usually a large number of conditions attached which may restrict your overall intentions.


There are many forms of construction that are either covered by Permitted Development, or require Planning Approval. CPA Planning Design is providing a breakdown of how Planning Laws affect these types over the course of 2013. Please CLICK HERE to be directed to the correct page on this website.


Last modified: 27 April 2013.