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Planning Permission in York – a Homebuyer’s Guide
Everything you need to know about planning permission before buying a property
You’ve been eagerly searching for your new home and found one that is in the perfect location (hooray!), at the right price (fantastic!), but…it needs some work to turn it into your dream home.
Well don’t fear … there is a solution!
Understandably, many people feel nervous about home improvement projects, which is a shame because they can be a great way to ensure you end up with your ideal home. Not to mention they provide an excellent opportunity to add value to your property – it’s a double win!
Before you buy
If you’re thinking you want to extend or change a property before you buy it, you should probably do a little research before you go too far in the purchasing process. If not being able to carry out your plans would be a deal breaker, you need to do this sooner rather than later.
You should look at whether there have been any other extensions on the same street or area. Look for things that are similar to what you’d like to do. If the houses either side of the one you’re buying have loft conversions, that’s a good indicator of the likelihood that planning permission in York would be granted for a loft conversion.
Alternatively, the City of York council offer the opportunity to receive pre-planning advice at a cost of £66 + VAT – this service can take up to 20 working days.
The pre-application advice service aims to offer you:
An understanding of how national/ regional/local guidance and policies will be applied to the proposal
An indication of those proposals that are completely unacceptable, so saving the cost of pursuing a formal application
An opportunity to identify the main issues, concerns, consultations and the need for specialist input at an early stage
Written confirmation of the advice given at the pre-application stage that can then be submitted in support of any subsequent application.
If the property is not something you would buy if you’re unable to make changes, then the pre-application service may be a good idea for reassurance, but bear in mind that it will slow down the sale process.
What do you need to know about development work and extensions?
There is a possibility that your extension may fall under ‘Permitted Development’ which means you do not need to apply for planning permission. Things that fall under this scheme include extending at the rear of your house by no more than 3m, or an extension no higher than your current roof height. You can read more about Permitted Development Conditions here.
Remember thought, it’s always better to check with the local planning authority before carrying out any work.
Using a local architect makes this process really easy as they will provide scaled drawings and can generally advise on what is likely to be an acceptable development. They will also populate the planning forms for you and will keep in contact with your designated planning officer until a formal decision has been made – usually about 8 weeks after you first submit your application.
Your direct neighbours (either side of you and front/behind you) will receive a letter informing them of your plans, of which they have 30 days to object. So it is generally good practice to forewarn them about your plans (perhaps with a box of chocolates to sweeten the news!)
Assuming you are given the go ahead you have 3 years from that date to complete the work.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t let the thought of planning permission deter you from buying and developing your dream home – it’s not as scary as it sounds, and using the right professionals will ensure the project runs smoothly.
Information accurate at time of publication February 2018
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