Although the planning and licensing are totally separate regimes, they do overlap in a number of areas and often both permissions are required to allow for the same end use.
Do you need Planning Permission?
As a rule of thumb Planning permission or Planning Approval is needed when you are looking to:
- Construct a new building;
- Make a major change to an existing building (e.g. build an extension);
- Change the use of a building.
The planning system is becoming increasingly complex, even for those who are familiar with planning. Our domestic & residential planning experts have a broad experience of dealing in all types planning applications and can help guide your project through the planning process to achieve the best outcome for you.
Acting for you would be someone who not only is a Planner, but who also has extensive and current experience in council planning departments actually dealing with applications. Our planners are able to represent your interests as well considering any issues that may be of concern to councillors on the planning committee. This means that we are able to identify the strengths of your planning applications and know how to overcome any weaknesses.
Planning applications are needed for changes of use (e.g. retail to leisure), removal of restrictions or extensions of the trading area of the premises.
Our team works closely with our licensing team who will advise about the correct permissions should be obtained.