All About Planning Applications

Planning Application

If you’ve ever applied for planning permission or have been involved or affected by an application in some way, you’ll know what a potential minefield it can be.

Even if you haven’t, it’s likely you’ll have at least seen, been made aware of or perhaps even objected to plans to build new housing or a supermarket or to modify a road system in your area. The legal requirements involved in submitting planning applications mean adequate preparation is paramount. While some of the requirements may differ between applications, depending on the type of development involved, there’s one common area they all share, and that’s adequate mapping.

Where Planning Applications Go Wrong

Planning applications can be rejected for a variety of reasons: for example, over-development of the site, problems with building design or safety, or the prospect of a negative effect on the surrounding area, such as loss of daylight, privacy or noise and other disturbances. However, many applications don’t even get off the starting block, and this is because there’s a problem with the maps submitted with the application. One of the more common reasons for applications being rejected is that the site has not been adequately marked on the map. Even something as simple as the map not pointing north is enough to have your planning application rejected. Once your application is rejected, you need to reapply. Reapplying costs even more time and money, so it’s important to get it right first time.

Checking the Boxes

Among the mandatory supporting documents for most planning applications will be a location plan, which shows the site in the context of its surrounding area, and site or block plan, showing the details of the proposed development. The maps themselves are subject to stringent rules. The scale of the plans required will differ depending upon the type of development and whether it is in an urban or rural area. The map must be an original and not a photocopy, which would be a breach of copyright. The maps must be current, reflecting details of the area surrounding your site. The site must be clearly marked on the location plan with the correct colours. These are just some of the standards expected from supporting documents.

To increase the likelihood of your planning application being approved, it’s a good idea to get an expert on board who knows exactly what’s required. Planning map providers such as have the experience to pull together all the necessary documents and ensure that they meet all the requirements necessary for your local authority to review.

The advantages of engaging a professional to produce your maps for you are that they can provide advice and identify any pitfalls relating to your application.

Added to that is the reassurance that the production of your maps is in safe hands, ensuring that all the requirements are met. A professionally presented set of supporting documents will make it easier for your local authority to review your planning application, and ultimately bring about a smoother application process.

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