Planning law


Planning law is the legal framework which governs a local authority’s restriction and permissions of building works. Planning law has mainly developed through two pieces of parliamentary legislation - the Town and Country Planning Acts (1947 and 1990). The Acts gave local councils the authority to permit or restrict changes to existing buildings, as well as the development of new builds.

The main goal of planning law is to ensure that the country maintains the delicate balance between modernisation and heritage. The way the law operates is by giving each local authority the power to restrict development. Applications for planning permission are usually made in advance of a build, and are submitted to the local authority for approval. Once the application is approved the building works can begin, but other compliance issues must also be considered, specifically building regulations.

If you are in the process of applying for planning permission, or you are expecting to be negatively impacted by planning law, you are advised to seek the help of a planning law professional. Submitting a successful planning permission application takes much research and often a fair amount of negotiation. The experience a professional has can end up saving you a considerable amount of time and money, and can help you better understand the reasons behind planning permission rejections. Perhaps one of the more frustrating things about planning law is that the local authority appears not have to comply with any guiding principle. This is in fact not entirely true as decisions must always be reasonable. If you are convinced that a council’s decision is unreasonable you can consider appealing the decision. This is a complex process which could also be very expensive, and so speaking to a solicitor before making any decisions is always advised.  

If you would like to obtain legal advice on planning law, Caven can put you in touch with a local planning law solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local planning law solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.

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