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Planning – Improving your Chances of Getting Approval

Updated: Jan 13

Navigating the world of planning can often be a minefield of regulations and design constraints.


Without the planning system everyone could construct buildings or use land in any way they wanted, no matter what effect this would have on other people who live and work in their area. Imagine losing some of our cherished historical buildings or having a neighbour construct a monstrosity blocking all of the light from your windows?


Your local planning authority is responsible for deciding whether a development – anything from an extension to your house to a new shopping centre – should go ahead. Your local planning committee consists of elected representatives of the community meaning that local people take the lead in shaping their neighborhoods.


In order to increase your chances of gaining approval for your project at planning stage there are a number of considerations that you must take into account:


Permitted development

Some types of development may already be permitted nationally, and for these there is no need to apply for planning permission locally. Permitted development rights are, however, typically subject to conditions and limitations that control development impacts. It is also worth considering that projects that may be permitted in one area may not be in another (conservation areas for example).


Further information on permitted development to your home can be obtained from the planning portal which has an interactive house showing types of development and what you would need permission for.


National and Local Planning Policy

The Government published a balanced set of national planning policies for England covering the economic, social and environmental aspects of development which must be considered when submitting a proposal. These need to be considered alongside local plans and neighbourhood plans.


Is your project in a conservation area or flood risk zone? Maybe the building is listed or within the vicinity of an important listed building?


Researching your area and planning policies that apply is an integral part of preparation for your planning submission.


Consent Types

Will you need Listed Building Consent? Permission to display shop signage outside your business? Householder or Full planning? Knowing which consent you require is vital; if you don’t apply for the correct consent then your application will be invalid. You can check this with your local planning authority or your planning professional who will act as agent on your behalf.


What to Submit

Along with completing your application form you’ll need to ensure that you have the correct supporting documents; site location plans; plans and elevations; mechanical specification for plant machinery; design and access statements; flood risk assessment; the list can go on…

Design Considerations

Material considerations can include; overlooking; parking; highway safety; disabled access; conservation and use of materials.


Your design professional / agent will be able to help you put together a scheme that has greater chances of gaining permission. There will be a number of design considerations both technical and local that they will be used to dealing with and can help you swiftly move your project onto the build stage!

Here at Fisch 99.1% of over 300 planning applications submitted in the last 2 years were approved. We’d love to help you get your project moving. Give us a call to see how we can use our expertise and industry knowledge to help.


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