Planning Permission - Information for purchasing
plots for sale
This is a basic guide as to the different types of planning permission
you may find shown on building plots for sale. Please ensure you consult
a solicitor prior to proceeding with purchasing in order to clarify planning
permission and other legal aspects of the building plot.
Outline planning permission (OPP)
Outline planning permission gives an indication of permitted development – footprint
and the height of the building, and should include a simple drawing showing
the footprint. Outline planning permission is subject to a condition that
full planning details will need to be approved before building can commence.
plots for sale can be purchased with outline planning permission.
Outline planning permission is valid for up to five years but you
have just three years to apply for Detailed Planning Permission.
Detailed Planning Permission (DPP)
Detailed planning permission must be submitted within three years
of outline planning permission. Detailed designs should be submitted
in order to gain approval to build.
Building must commence within 2 years.
Full Planning Permission (FPP)
Full planning permission is a combination of outline planning consent
and detailed planning consent - with all detailed information submitted
in a single application. Full Planning Permission is common where
the proposed development is contentious. Plots in conservation areas
or next to listed buildings are often sold with full planning permission,
to ensure that your plot of land can be built on. Some conditions
may be attached to the planning approval.
Full Planning Permission is valid for five years from the date
NB: New planning consent does not override an existing planning
permission. A new planning application for the building you wish
to build will not in jeopardise existing permissions.
Listed Building Consent: Required in addition
to planning permission before any alterations can begin on a listed
building or any new buildings within its curtilage. There is no
fee for this consent.
When your house design is complete and are satisfied that it meets
your needs and the requirements of your local authority, an application
for planning permission should be submitted.
Many self builders find applying for planning permission to
be a drawn out process which can cause delay and disruption
to their plans. Having a planning consultant, architect, building
surveyor or designer to advise or carry the planning application
out for you may increase your chances of success.
Planning permission is a subjective matter and unless dealt
with carefully, can lead to disputes as local council politics
come into play. Leave the negotiating to your planning consultant
and be prepared to be patient, flexible and co-operative to
assist the planning permission process.
It is important to have an understanding of the planning
process, not matter how big or small a role you wish to have
in your self build home.