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Permitted Development Rights

Permitted development (PD) is usually relevant to homeowners who want to extend their property or construct outbuildings; this type of small-scale development should not require any formal planning permission; PD rights are there to make the process quicker and cheaper. 

As is often the case in planning, the legislation on what constitutes permitted development can be confusing and unclear. In some cases, Councils can also remove permitted development rights through Article 4 directions. As it is so important to know whether your proposal ticks all the required boxes and/or lies within an article 4 area, we can offer initial advice on your options and work through the fine print to advise you on whether a PD or a planning application will ultimately give you what you really want or need.

A permitted development extension usually includes:

  •   Porches or conservatories
  •   Outbuildings – such as Sheds, garages, home offices, gyms and treehouses.
  •   Loft conversions – with or without roof extensions
  •   Rear and side extensions 
  •   Two Storey rear extensions
  •   PD rights don’t always apply if you live in a conservation area, the Green Belt or your home is a listed building. They can be cost-effective but getting them wrong can lead to enforcement action from your local Council.

Extra certainty of the lawfulness of your proposal can be gained by applying for a Lawful Development Certificate (aka Certificate of Lawfulness), which is especially useful when selling your property and having to go through the conveyancing process.



Prior Approval

Prior approval is a formal submission to your local planning authority and the purpose of it is to seek confirmation that specified parts of development are acceptable before work can commence. 

Different types of Prior Approval exist, and each requires different levels of detail to be submitted with the application. You may be required to submit the information that includes:

  • Dimensions of the development (height, width, length, area)
  • Internal and external design and appearance
  • Any impact on transport and access
  • Flooding concerns
  • Noise and air quality impact


Permitted Development and Prior approval can be very useful, they can be quick and cost-effective.


We never charge for that initial conversation and investigation into your site or development and we always give you a free initial assessment of your chances of success.

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Why Choose Us?

Get your application right first time, use us and save time and stress.

You can trust us to tell you if PD rights are appropriate for your proposal.

We know how to make them work for you if they are a good fit.

Our team has years of experience in where Permitted rights and prior approval can be used effectively and cost efficiently for clients or where other means of gaining legal approval for development are more appropriate for long term aspirations and needs. We ask the questions to ensure you are thinking ahead of just the immediate proposal.

Working day to day with local authorities and following closely their decisions, makes us well-informed with their particular preferences in regard to their interpretation of permitted rights rules.

There are frequent amendments to the PD rules by each government, staying informed on these changes is a crucial part of our job, so we can give our clients the most up to date advice.


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We work with various public sector partners, including local government, Town and Parish Councils and County Councils, to guide important infrastructure projects through the planning process. Taking a collaborative approach with councils and communities helps us understand all parties' needs and deliver the projects required.


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A thriving economy is reliant on a buoyant commercial sector - we help deliver the permissions companies need.

We have comprehensive experience in promoting commercial sites for different uses across a diverse range of locations and overcoming a variety of scenarios. Our approach and expertise seek to understand and address environmental and social factors to maintain the integrity of our clients while ensuring the timely delivery of projects.

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We get results on a wide range of development projects – from single homes up to strategic sites.

Our expertise in supporting development projects from single homes up to strategic sites allows us to work on one of the biggest challenges the UK experiences; delivering housing to meet demand. We take an innovative, collaborative and strategic approach to sites in developed and undeveloped areas, including those that are allocated for homes and others in the promotion phase.

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We help put in place the amenities that support communities and provide much needed medical care for our population.

We work with care providers on projects helping them implement or improve infrastructure in order to provide the very best medical facilities for the community. Experience shows us that a collaborative approach is required to understand the needs and desires of all interested parties and to achieve the best outcome.

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We are proud of our record in the rural economy and our role in the countryside.

Our expertise includes offering advice on agricultural development, diversification and redevelopment projects for rural clients and estate managers. We have experience working with agricultural advisors and agents, giving us valuable links and insight into the community. Our membership of the CLA, AVA and support for the RAU is invaluable to our work.

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We guide our private clients through the planning system to realise their hopes and dreams.

Our highly experienced consultants offer their expertise and discretion to guide private clients to realise their hopes and dreams. We take the time to get to know our clients and work out how to achieve their project ambitions on time and on budget.

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Create the home you want and need

We work with homeowners and their architects or designers to offer comprehensive support in obtaining planning permission for their home modifications, extensions or outbuildings; an area particularly popular with the increased numbers of people choosing to work from home in recent years.

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Our focus is our clients, delivery results and building lasting relationships. Since our foundation in 2009, we’ve worked with a breadth of clients that stretch from individuals realising a development aspiration to FTSE 100 listed companies with dedication to our client’s needs at the core of every engagement.


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