Planning permission is a necessary step in building any building or structure. This is because it gives you the authority to start construction on your property. Without planning permission, you may be fined for carrying out any development without first gaining approval from your local council or parish council (or both).
Local district council
The local district council is responsible for granting planning permission and can also refuse it. If they do grant you permission, they can impose conditions on that permission. For example, the council may require you to build a footpath through your garden so neighbours can still safely walk down the street.
If you want to change anything about your house or business premises at any point. For example, if there are structural changes, then the council will need to re-assess whether this will still meet their standards for planning permission. If not, then again, they’ll be able to refuse your application for changes by issuing an enforcement notice telling you not to carry out certain aspects of their original decision when originally granting planning permission – known as Conditions attached to Planning Permission (CAPP).
In extreme cases where serious errors have been made by an officer during its consideration process leading up to making decisions related explicitly or implicitly giving its approval/disapproval, these mistakes could lead directly towards withdrawing.
Parish Councils are the first tier of local government, and they are responsible for planning decisions in their area. Parish Councils do not have the power to give planning permission, but they can make recommendations to the Local District Council.
Parish Councils must consult with the community before deciding on whether or not to grant an application for planning permission.
The Planning Inspectorate is an executive agency of the Department for Communities and Local Government. It is responsible for considering appeals against local planning decisions and issuing national planning guidance.
The Planning Inspectorate does not give permission directly but rather acts as a “three-step” appeals body that hears cases on behalf of the Secretary of State. In other words, it provides an independent determination on whether or not decisions can be overturned or must stand in their current form.
Planning permission is granted by local district councils and parish councils. Please contact your local council if you have any questions about planning permissions or the planning process.
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