Planning is a very complex subject. The Planning Policies are set out in the Local Authorities District Plan. For example, it is generally much easier to obtain planning permission and extend a property in an urban location than, say, a property within the Green Belt where many more stringent planning policies are applied.
I continue to be amazed by the number of people who buy a house and although possibly aware that the property is within the Green Belt, they are totally oblivious of the planning restrictions and their ability to significantly extend the property.
Once we have agreed the scheme to be submitted, as your agent, I will prepare the necessary plans for submission to the Local Planning Authority on your behalf.
You will need to apply for listed building consent if either of the following cases apply:
- you want to demolish a listed building;
- you want to alter or extend a listed building in a manner which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest
You may also need listed building consent for any works to separate buildings within the grounds of a listed building. Check the position carefully with the Council – it is a criminal offence to carry out work which needs listed building consent without obtaining it beforehand.
I would prepare a Heritage Statement in respect to the individual property on your behalf.