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Are you almost ready to make a planning application for a new build, restoration or extension building project? If so, you might want to make sure you get it in, and validated, with your local planning authority as soon as possible.

Just before Christmas, parliamentary approval was given to legislation that will increase planning application fees by 20 per cent in England. The new rates will come into effect on 17th January 2018.

There is also a new category being introduced for applications called ‘Permission in Principle’. Permission in Principle, or PiP, is most relevant to small scale commercial property developers or self-builders looking for new build projects on brownfield land. It will be charged on the basis of the size of the potential plot. The cost to applicants will be £402 per 0.1 of a hectare of the site area.

Permission in Principle is a new planning consent route designed to separate decision making on ‘in principle’ issues addressing land use, location, and amount of development. It aims to separate the basic aspect of whether permission is possible, from matters of more aesthetic perspective or technical nature, such as the design elements and what the buildings will look like.

Hopefully the introduction of this new route will mean that the process will become quicker and cheaper, as detailed plans do not have to be submitted until PiP is achieved, and the application moves onto the second, technical stage of planning.

For more information take a look at the governments website

If you are planning a building project then get in touch. It’s never too early. Call 01923 896550, email or complete a contact form today.

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