Once a design has been completed and the client has ‘signed off’ the scheme, we will format all the documents to make the planning application through the Planning Portal. From there it will take about 2 months to receive a decision (if a householder or Minor full planning application). If the planning authority chooses to recommend the scheme for approval, but there are 5 or more objections for the public, the scheme will go to committee for a decision, where the local committee members review it and acknowledge the written and verbal objections. This generally adds another month to the process.
We always try to get every scheme they propose through planning first time and chase each application at the time of decision or represent a client at committee if necessary. If a scheme is rejected at planning, we also produce the necessary documents to make the planning application to appeal.
Councils will generally not approve a scheme much earlier than the decision date provided. Throughout the application process, we will follow the application to review objections/ provide additional information. Towards the end of the application, we will speak to the planners to see if there is anything that needs to be altered to ensure approval. We try our best to meet the client’s needs whilst ensuring planning approval. All of this is included in the proposed fee.
This will be made clear in the fee quotation however an hourly rate will generally apply to make an appeal or to submit an amended scheme. The appeal application is free and resubmission with an amended scheme is free to the Planning Authority if the scope of works has not materially changed.
Depended on the type of application, a householder planning application can take approximately 3 months to be decided at appeal however a Full Plans Application can take approximately 6 Months.