Planning conditions are part of the planning approval process. They set out the specific actions that need to be taken to ensure that a development complies with its planning approval. Planning conditions can include things like:
What is a planning condition?
A planning condition is a legal requirement that can be attached to planning permission. Planning conditions may have been included in the original application, or they can be added later on.
Planning conditions are used to control the use of land or buildings and can include:
- Requiring developers to provide public rights of way, such as footpaths or cycle tracks
- Environmental requirements, for example ensuring that there is enough space for wildlife in an area
- Health & safety measures, for example fencing off an area where building work is taking place
What is included in the planning condition approval?
A planning condition approval will include the following:
- What existing buildings are allowed to be demolished and how they can be replaced.
- Restrictions on windows location, type and sequence of works.
- Restriction on access into the site or development from nearby roads, junction improvements or any other relevant matters. If there is already a plan for an access, this could be incorporated into the Planning Condition approval as well.
- Restrictions on number of parking spaces you need to provide or access to the property/neighbouring properties etc… When designing a new residential development it is important to work out how many parking spaces you need before submitting your application as we do not want anyone having problems with obtaining planning permission once building has started!
- Temporary solutions for affected parties (toilets, mobile homes etc..). For example, if there were no toilets provided at ground level then this may have been agreed in advance so that works could go ahead without delay!
In summary, planning conditions are an important part of the planning process. They ensure that developments go ahead as planned and within certain parameters. Planning conditions can be used by the local authority to manage various aspects of a development such as noise and traffic impacts or access routes for utilities.