Q. IS EVERY KIND OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT GOVERNED BY PLANNING LAW?

A. Yes, whether you are constructing a residential building or commercial premises, you must comply with planning law. As each construction project will be different, it is vital to have the services of a property lawyer. Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Planning team will assess your project with you and outline how planning law could have an impact.

Q. WOULD CHANGES TO A PROPERTY ALSO COME UNDER PLANNING LAW?

A. Building regulations are very strict and clearly define what changes need planning permission, and what changes do not. Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Planning team can advise you whether the construction work you are considering would require planning permission.

Q. HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION?

A. This depends on many factors and it is always best to talk to us in advance. Planning permission varies depending on the type of property that live in, whether it is listed and the policy of the local authority.

Q. CAN I PROCEED WITH MY CONSTRUCTION PROJECT WITHOUT PLANNING PERMISSION?

A. Any construction project that begins without planning permission could risk action from the local authority that could result in high costs. Your Local Authority could insist that the building work you have completed is reversed, and also fine you for breaking planning regulations. Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Planning team can advise you as to whether you could begin your project without interim planning permission being granted.

Q. DO CHANGES TO LISTED BUILDINGS ALWAYS NEED PLANNING PERMISSION?

A. Yes, as in most cases, the integrity of the building you are modifying must be protected. As the penalties for not obtaining planning permission can be severe, consult with us before you begin your project.

Q. HOW DO I MAKE A PLANNING APPLICATION AND WHO DO I MAKE IT TO?

A. Do speak to us first. Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Planning team has built up good relationships with the planning departments of Local Authorities and local property professionals. Not only will this speed up the process but in the long term, it could save you money.

Q. WHAT HAPPENS IF MY APPLICATION IS REFUSED?

A. Our expert Planning Lawyers can advise you whether you have a case to re-submit the application to the Local Authority. We can also assist you with appeals to the planning inspectorate.

Q. CAN I APPLY FOR PLANNING PERMISSION FOR DEVELOPMENT THAT I HAVE ALREADY CARRIED OUT?

A. Yes, Planning Law does allow people to make retrospective applications. However you will need good legal advice here. We have assisted many clients with these applications.

Q. HOW CAN ATTWATERS JAMESON HILL HELP ME WITH PLANNING LAW?

A. We work with our clients to ensure that their project meets all Planning Laws. We can assess your project and outline how Planning Law could apply. And if you need special planning permission, your property solicitor can help you obtain your permissions.

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