UK planning law


UK planning law is an area of property law which governs the development of property in the UK. The aim of this section of the law is to find the appropriate balance between maintaining the country’s historical aesthetics and allowing modern progressive developments. UK planning law has been designed to fulfil its role by allowing local councils to decide, as a rule, on what is and what is not deemed appropriate development.

There are two main statutes that provide the local councils with this power and they are the Town and County Planning Acts (1947 and 1990). As a result any new building, as well as any redevelopment of an existing building, must first receive a planning permission from the local council. A planning permission application must be submitted in advance of the build, and delays are common. The decision process is similar to the common-law system in that if a property in the area has already been permitted to build in a certain way (e.g. a large skylight) than this creates a precedent and other developments in the area are likely to also be permitted such designs.

If you are applying for planning permission it is probably best if you seek a property solicitor’s opinion before submitting the application. There are certain aspects to the application process which are difficult to follow without a professional’s guidance and any rejection or delay in the planning permission being granted could end up costing you dearly.

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

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