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Different types of planning applications

There are many different types of planning applications which can be quite confusing if you’re new to the planning process. There is even a planning application for when you are unsure what application you need!

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Below are the most popular planning applications:

Permitted Development Enquiry –  If you are uncertain that the plans you’re proposing is under permitted development rights, you can get an informal, written opinion from Manchester City Council. The council will research information about your property and understand exactly what work is being carried out before they advise you whether you need planning permission. They will also give very general advice over the telephone. As part of our services we can prepare and submit a permitted development enquiry on your behalf. If the outcome is that you do require planning permission, then we can prepare the planning drawings and submit a full planning application.

Pre-application – Preparing to carry out a development can be expensive. To help you minimize the cost of this process, we provide a pre-application service. Pre-application advice is provided by planning officers employed by the council, which outlines how we are likely to determine any subsequent planning application, and any changes that are likely to be needed, if any, to give your scheme the best chance of being granted a planning permission. We will design basic planning drawings to be submitted as part of the application. The guidance given is informal advice and does not bind the council in any future decision it makes.  However, in our experience where pre-application advice is obtained and incorporated into any scheme, developments are more likely to secure planning permission and decisions are made significantly faster.

House Holder Planning Consent – Proposals to alter or enlarge a single house, including works within the boundary or garden. This application is for projects such as home extensions, loft conversions, garage conversions, dormer windows, garages, carports and outbuildings that don’t fall within permitted development.

Outline Planning – This application can be used to find out whether a proposed development is acceptable to the local planning authority, before substantial costs are incurred developing a detailed design. Planning permission is often applied for first, to establish whether the proposed new dwelling or development would be acceptable to the local planning authority. If planning permission is approved, a detailed proposal with planning drawings is then put forward.

Change of Use – In order to change the use of a business premises, the property owner or business operator is often required to obtain planning permission.

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What is permitted development?

You can carry out certain types of building work on your home or property without needing to apply for planning permission. This is called “Permitted Development Rights”. Generally, permitted developments cover minor extensions, demolition and certain changes of use, such as a loft, garage or cellar conversions. Most houses have permitted development (PD) rights, however flats and maisonettes do not, so you would need to apply for full planning permission. PD rights are also reduced in conservation arears, national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

What can be permitted development?

  • Single Storey rear extensions must not extend beyond the rear of the original house no further than 3m if it is semi-detached or terraced or by 4m if it is a detached house. Single Storey rear extensions must not exceed over 4m high.
  • All Double Storey Extensions will require a full planning application.
  • Extensions (including previous extensions) and other buildings must not exceed 50% of the total area of land around the original house.
  • If an extension is within 2m of a boundary, maximum eaves height should be no higher than 3m to be permitted development.
  • On designated land, side extensions are not permitted development.
  • Side extensions to be single storey with a maximum height of 4m.
  • Width of a side extension must not have a width greater than half the width of the original house.
  • Materials used in exterior work to be similar in appearance to those of the exterior of the existing house. This condition does not apply when the extension is a conservatory.
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