Building a new home
Building a new home
If you are planning to build a new home, it is important that you seek guidance from your Local Planning Authority prior to carrying out any work. There are several factors that must be established. If you are building something new, it pays to be in the know and stock up on vital information.
New homes for residential use
In general, new homes are subject to planning permission. GOV.UK recommend that you contact your Local Planning Authority to establish what type of permission you need. However, they also state that you will need planning permission if:
- You are building something new.
- You are making major changes to your property that will alter its appearance.
- You change the use of your building (from residential to commercial, for example).
When building a new home, there are several things that are taken into account by your Local Planning Authority upon your application.
Building a new home on land you own
If you are planning to build your new home on land that you own, then you can apply for planning permission on the land yourself. Planning permission can be granted on land not owned by yourself (more on that below), however it is always easier for a Local Planning Authority to decide whether to grant approval if land is registered in the developer’s name.
Building a new home on land you do not own
It is possible to be granted planning permission to build on land that you do not own, even without the land owner’s consent. However, there would be no point in this, because permission is being granted to the land itself and not the applicant. Therefore, the applicant would not actually have permission to build. It is therefore common practice for developers to purchase land subject to satisfactory planning permission (permission that has already been granted, as above).
New commercial or industrial properties
In the case of building something new there is a leeway with regards to industrial and commercial properties. In fact, some buildings do not need planning permission at all, under ‘permitted development rights’. This is where planning permission is given by Parliament and not the Local Planning Authority. Planning permission is not needed if you are building new industrial premises or warehousing (limitations apply).
We highly recommend that you seek guidance from your Local Planning Authority prior to building a new home or commercial property. For more information on building something new, please visit: gov.uk.
The information contained within this article is strictly for guidance only. Cost2Build recommends that you always check current sources of information in case regulations have changed. Cost2Build cannot accept any liability for miscommunication of the law in the case of a change in regulation or any action done to a property based on the information held in this article.