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A summary of UK planning regulations

A summary of UK planning regulations

The United Kingdom has rigorous and strict planning regulations when it comes to building new properties or maintaining listed buildings. These have been put in place to protect buildings off important cultural and historical value, while also helping to maintain the current environment and surroundings where property developers look to build new homes. For an individual to be able to make alterations to a listed building, they must first make an application to that local Council to be granted permission before doing so. If a property developer wants to build new homes or complexes on the land that they have purchased, they must first submit detail plans outlining the overall size, style, and usage purpose of the construction.

These Blueprints will then be checked over by various Council officials to ensure that they fit in with the local environment. The developer must also display their intention of construction, which allows local residents to lodge complaints should they feel that it does not fit in with the surroundings of the area. The entire process can take more than 6 months from submitting the application to before building can begin. The local Council May Grant approval provided that the construction follows certain modifications to the plans. UK planning regulations also govern certain modifications to an already existing property. Should the individual wish to build an extension on their property, they may need to seek approval from the local Council before doing so and they will also have to place a notice of intention in the area for local residents to be able to see.

UK planning regulations do not govern temporary constructions such as garden sheds, conservatories and greenhouses. Should any structures be built on the property that goes beyond a given limit, then pre-approval must be sought from the local Council before construction begins. Anyone who does not comply with UK planning regulations can face legal action, including large fines and orders to tear down the construction. While many people find these to be limiting, they are there for a reason as they help prevent individuals from constructing on land that is not fit for purpose or an area of natural beauty. It also prevents people from inconveniencing their neighbours by constructing structures that may block their light or reduce their quality of life at home. The majority of people who follow guidelines as listed on their local council's website will face no problems when it comes to building extensions or new homes.


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