1) What if my neighbours object to my plans?
2) How long is Planning Permission valid for?
3) What if Planning Permission is refused?
4) How long is Building Regulations Approval valid?
5) Can I claim back the V.A.T?
6) Do I need planning permission for all extensions?
7) Where can I obtain further information about Planning & Building Regulations?

 

1) What if my neighbours object to my plans?

Neighbours can only object with a valid planning reason, such as loss of light to their property. They cannot object simply because they don't like it, or even if they believe it devalues their home, or spoils their view.

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2) How long is Planning Permission valid for?

Planning Permission is valid for 5 years. If you do not build within this time, you will need to make a new application and this will incur further fees.

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3) What if Planning Permission is refused?

Planning permission must only be refused for legitimate planning reasons. The local authority must give a written account of these reasons.

If you do not agree with the planning decision you can apply for an appeal.

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4) How long is Building Regulations Approval valid?

The Building Regulations Approval is valid for 3 years. If you do not build within this time, you will need to make a new application and this will incur further fees.

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5) Can I claim back the V.A.T?

You can reclaim the VAT on labour and materials, but not on the Architectural Services for the new houses, and some conversions such as those involving a change of use.

You cannot claim VAT on extensions. If you are unsure, contact your local Customs and Excise office.

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6) Do I need planning permission for all extensions?

Some extensions are allowed under Permitted Development. It is always advisable to check with the Planning Department first.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) has produced a booklet called "Planning, A Guide for Householders". This booklet outlines the rules of the Planning system.

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7) Where can I obtain further information about Planning & Building Regulations?

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister produces many helpful free publications:

  • Building Regulations - Explanatory Booklet
  • Planning Permission -Guide for Business
  • A Householder's Planning Guide for the Installation of Satellite Television Dishes
  • Local Plans and Unitary Development Plans
  • Outdoor Advertisements and Signs - A Guide for Advertisers
  • Over the Garden Hedge
  • The Party Wall etc Act 1996:explanatory booklet
  • Protected Trees - A Guide to Tree Preservation Procedures
  • The right Hedge for you
  • Planning - A Guide for Householders

To obtain copies of these booklets, please contact:

ODPM - Free Literature, PO Box No 236,Wetherby.LS23 7NB

Tel: 0870 1226 236 FAX: 0870 1226 237

E-mail: odpm@twoten.press.net

The Government Website for Planning is: www.odpm.gov.uk/planning

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