The Importance of Planning Permission

There are many different hoops to jump through before the building component of any project can commence. After all, rules and regulations, such as planning permission, are in place in order to ensure that the finished buildings, extensions and even bridges are legal and secure. Here at Rhino Piling, we take planning permission incredibly seriously and, in this blog, we’ve decided to over everything there is to know about its importance. Read on to find out more…

What is planning permission?

According to the Town and Country Planning Act of 1990, planning permission is required in order to carry out the development of land via building, engineering, mining or the making of new materials. Potential projects much be assessed by the relevant local authority and granted ‘planning permission’ in order to commence and these rules and regulations are in place in order to prevent inappropriate and unsafe developments from taking place.

Is planning permission easy to obtain?

The law differs from project to project which means that some developments may not require planning permission because they fall under ‘Permitted Development Rights’. With this said, it is always best to check with the local authorities before commencing a project. An application for planning permission can be carried out online and may cost between £200 and £2000. With this said, the permission lasts for three years once it has been approved.

Are there consequences for building without planning permission?

Since planning permission is in place in order to ensure that a building can be built safely on the proposed land, property owners who choose to carry out a project without planning permission can find themselves in hot water with the law. In fact, work that was completed after an application was rejected is illegal and known as a ‘planning breach’ which means that the council can order those responsible to remove the new building and restore the property to its previous state. A refusal to do so can lead to extensive fines and even prosecution.

There are many different reasons why a request for planning permission can be refused. Here at Rhino Piling, we must take the ground into consideration when carrying out an inspection of a property for a potential project as soft soil can make piles and other groundworks difficult to install. As a result, we place a lot of importance on planning permission. After all, it is a legal requirement for most developments. To find out more information, get in contact with the best piling in Manchester and speak to a member of the Rhino Piling team today!