Discharge of Conditions

The Next Hurdle

Great news. You’ve received planning permission for your construction project. However, don’t assume that you can start building tomorrow. On the one hand, you may need to seek building regulations approval. And on the other, discharge of conditions will most likely apply. In a nutshell, this latter amounts to a series of specific things that you will either have to do, avoid doing, or adhere to.

DHPC works with architects and property developers in Dorset and in the south of England. Should discharge of conditions prove to be your next hurdle, we can help you step over it. Or rather – them.

What is a Discharge of Conditions?

Simply explained, your planning approval has been granted subject to certain conditions.

These will vary, depending on how detailed your application was. Some conditions are act-now tasks (“pre-commencement”) to enable you to start building, some you may need to do during construction, and others may need to be accomplished before or during the time when people can use the building. Also, you may encounter provisos regarding change of use.

In all cases, there will be a time limit by which you have to start on the project, which is nearly always three years.

In general, all conditions should be achievable and appropriate – and of course, relevant to the development to be permitted. However, they must be discharged. Obviously, you can’t ignore them. Councils can and do check, and the consequences could be severe.

For example, you may have to discharge conditions relating to drainage, paving, trees, parking – even specific methods of construction.

How Can We Help?

In brief, we can act on your behalf to help you see the wood for the trees.

With immense attention to detail and an equally immense knowledge of the planning process, we’ll manage the discharge process for you to get your project off the ground.

Our role will be to communicate with the council, with details of how you have discharged each condition.

Examples of Planning Conditions

  • A method statement outlining the sequence of development on the site including demolition, building works and tree protection measures.
  • Details of all materials and external surfaces, including information relating to make, product/type, colour and photographs/images.
  • Details of Acoustic Design Review and Noise Impact Assessment.
  • Detailed construction logistics, including details of site access, journey planning, access routes, hours of delivery, temporary traffic arrangements or restrictions, site operation times, loading and unloading locations, material storage…

…Well, we could go on. But, suffice to say, there are many more. Plus, they’re all somewhat knotty.

Let DHPC offer you the advice, guidance and expertise that your project needs. And, that could mean all the difference to your life, your builders’ lives – and the satisfaction of your clients.

Allow us to handle your planning application or appeal, no matter the size of your project