Planning Applications

The preliminary enquiry usually precedes the planning application: please read these two headings in conjunction with one another: -

The Preliminary Enquiry is the very best place to start with any planning application: this early enquiry as to wether or not the project is ‘do-able’ (feasible) paves the way for the following two process’s.  It will also establish for certain wether the project can be planned under permitted development rights (which, if eligible, the property owner can move on strait away to the ‘Building Control (construction) Application’ and so saving planning fees of £172.00 and eight to ten weeks of waiting for a decision from the planners.  If the build does not come under permitted development, then a full planning application must be carried out.

(Note: A ‘Certificate of Lawfulness’ might be required if the development conforms to ‘permitted development rights’, though this can be done retrospectively for the sake of time saving: the fees would be similar to the planning fees above).

The time duration of the ‘preliminary enquiry’ is somewhere in the region of ten to fifteen days +, following the site survey, and depends largely on the workload of the individual planning office at the time.

The local borough or council fees for a preliminary enquiry varies from district to district and can be ‘free’, £30.00 or even up to £80.00.

The Planning Application follows on from the preliminary enquiry, and is handed in when all of the drawings and forms have been prepared to submit as a ‘full planning application’.

This element covers all of the design and planning, the drafting - the agents duties and responsibilities, plus all of the relevant liaison with the local planners in order to create a successful application.

The time duration between the preliminary enquiry result and a full plans application submission is typically one to three weeks, depending on the workload.  The time frame of a planning application is a statutory eight weeks, following a few days with planning administration who take a (usually) short time to ‘validate’ (check) the application.

please use the ‘Planning Portal’ direct link below to find out about permitted development rights:


Planning and Building Control applications to extend house in a conservation area

(Sawbridgeworth, Herts): a side extension and a loft conversion was planned via East Herts planning office.

Please see Successful Applications for a full list of recent and ongoing applications

The Old School House, Great Wratting,

Haverhill; conservation area planning via

St Edmundsbury Council planning office:

ground and first floor extension to family house including dormers to roof area.

376-380 High Road, Leyton; eight flats

created above a large catering supplies establishment: planning granted and building control approved: Planning Authority - Waltham Forest,

London E17.  (Completed)

Conservation Planning, Finchingfield

(Braintree DC Planning)

Please see Successful Applications for a full list of recent and ongoing applications

‘The Lord Raglan’ PH, Burrage Rd, London SE18; preliminary enquiry, planning and building control - residential (ongoing) July 2013.

No:86 Satchfield Drive, Chafford Hundred, Essex; preliminary enquiry, planning and building control completed.

No:4 Livery Mews, High Street, Stebbing, Essex; rear extension to match existing ‘cottage’ preliminary enquiry, planning and building control - residential - completed:

design plans submitted to Uttlesford DC planning

Please see Successful Applications for a full list of recent and ongoing applications.

‘Woodgreen Cottage’, Upshire, Essex

Redesign and new planning, building control and structural engineering: