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Planning permission

Particulars of building plots usually make reference to the type of planning permission that has been granted for the land in question. OPP is the abbreviation for Outline Planning Permission, a permission which indicates that the Local Planning Authority has agreed in principle to the building of a house.

This permission may have certain conditions or restrictions however and the documentation should be examined closely so that you are aware of exactly what is and what may be allowed to be built. DPP denotes Detailed Planning Permission indicating that detailed plans have already been submitted to and agreed by the Local Planning Authority for the erection of a specific type and size of house. Again the documentation should be scrutinised in order that you are clear as to what is being permitted and you may wish to change the detailed design which again, would require planning approval.

The majority of building and development projects will require planning approval from the relevant local authority. This is a lengthy process, often taking longer than the quoted eight weeks, as the application is not just considered by the council, but also some or all of the following:

  • Highways authority

  • Local iInterest groups

  • Neighbours

  • Parish Council

  • Landscape Officer

  • Conservation - Design Officer

  • Drainage Authority

It is often relatively easy for the council to determine whether national and local planning laws and policies are being adhered to. What is often more difficult is ensuring that public interest is being protected. When planning your project, it is advisable to consult and inform your neighbours and local interested parties on an informal basis. This will help you to understand objections early, enabling you to adjust your plans accordingly, before submitting your plans for formal approval. Your architect can prepare your documents on your behalf (for a fee), or you may wish to prepare them yourself. In either case, if you have any queries, contact your local authority for advice at any stage.

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