Development and planning


Since the middle of the last century the planning system has become increasingly complex, and with it the legislation under which it has to operate. Please click for our Background note on Planning law.

Questions with which we can help include:

[icon name = “search”] Is planning permission required for extensions to houses and minor work in the land belonging to a house?

[icon name = “search”] What difference does it make if a building is listed, or in a conservation area?

[icon name = “search”] How does the planning system restrict people’s ability to put up signs and advertisements?

[icon name = “search”] When and how do environmental factors influence planning decisions?

[icon name = “search”] Can the local authority force someone to demolish a building which was put up without planning permission?

[icon name = “search”] Does groundwork count as “development” for the purposes of planning control?

[icon name = “search”] Can the use of a particular building be changed without applying for planning permission?

[icon name = “search”] What is a “neighbourhood plan”? How does it affect planning decisions by the local authority?

[icon name = “search”] If planning permission is granted subject to conditions, can those conditions be challenged?

[icon name = “search”] What are the chances of success in an appeal against a refusal of planning permission?

[icon name = “search”] What is a “planning obligation”:  how can a planning obligation be cancelled or altered?


[icon name = “binoculars”] Click to go to our Initial enquiry page.

[icon name = “binoculars”] Other pages which may help you:  Public rights of way, Ransom strips, Restrictive covenants.

[icon name = “binoculars”] For our print publishing website, please see, and for our website which provides support for residents in private roads, see:

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