Prior Approval Advice

Darryl Howells Planning Consultancy is pleased to offer prior approval advice to property developers and architects in Dorset and the south of England.

Prior Approval Advice

This sometimes-complex area of development can seem impenetrable. As a result, costly, time-consuming mistakes are likely. Or, they could be. Qualified, focused guidance from DHPC could help you navigate your way to a successful planning application outcome.

Let us explain what prior approval is. Also, how it’s related to permitted development. Equally, how we can help you. Let’s start (slightly) back to front with:

Permitted Development

As you already know, permitted development is where national legislation gives the green light to certain types of smaller scale development projects. In other words, no planning application is required.

However, within this leeway, there are specific “classes” aka uses, each with their own set of constraints. That is, there are conditions that you will need to meet. There are several types of permitted development, and some of these will require prior approval from the council before you can go ahead.

Prior Approval

So, prior approval seeks to confirm from the planning authority that specific aspects of your development are acceptable before work can start.

Further, distinct types of prior approval will need various levels of detail to support the application.

In effect, you are looking for a “yes” (prior approval) within an existing “ok, go ahead” concept (permitted development). And, you will, if we may be so bold, require the expertise and experience of a planning consultant business. We can guide you through the maze. Likewise, if you’re after a robust, well-informed approach to save you time and hassle.

When is Prior Approval Required?

Certain residential projects may require prior approval, including:

  • Home Extensions. Certain sizes and types of rear extensions.
  • New dwellings. The construction of new storeys containing flats
  • Change of use. Ffrom non-residential to residential. The distinctions are fine and will need clarification.
  • Demolition of existing buildings that are designated heritage assets or in a conservation area.

If you’d like to talk to us about the fine distinctions within prior approval, or whether a more conventional planning application could better suit your needs, feel free to get in touch for more information.

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