What to do next

Planning Permission Granted? What Next?

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For most, securing planning permission is an exciting milestone in a project but it's not the end of the journey and there is a lot to do before work can start on site.

Sense check

Once permission has been granted, take a moment to answer a few key questions:

  • Have I got the right permission or do I want to change it?
  • Can the project be built (on my budget)?
  • Are there any outstanding legal issues to resolve such as ransom strips* of land to access the site, that might prevent the project going ahead?

*A ransom strip is a parcel of land needed to access an adjacent property from a public highway, to which the owner is denied access until payment is received.

When you’re satisfied with the answers, you can move on to the next step. Find out more about Potton’s free course ‘Planning granted: how to move your project forward’

Pre-start check list

It’s advisable to create a list showing what needs addressing before the groundworks commence. Many of the pre-build tasks highlighted here should run in parallel to reduce the amount of time spent on this stage of the process.

Discharging planning conditions

Your full planning permission will invariably come with a list of conditions that need to be discharged before work can start on site. Typically, conditions relate to highways, access, building position, height, external materials to be used and landscaping.

Investigate charges

It’s important to now confirm if any planning fees are due, such as planning obligations via Section 106 agreements (self-builders should be exempt). The CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) is a similar charge – with this one you need to fill out the right forms at the right times to accept your liability and claim an exemption.

Develop the drawings

The design must be developed to meet the Building Regulations to enable construction. Depending on who produced the plans, there may well be significant technical issues to resolve before materials can be supplied to site. You’ll need to confirm the build system and agree a full design freeze so manufacturing drawings can be produced.

Plan the foundations

We recommend using an engineer to prepare the foundation plan. This route is cost effective and reduces risk. Commission a ground investigation to establish soil types, depths, consistency and ultimately load-bearing capacity. This will allow the engineer to produce a suitable foundation design.

Choose your build route

Are you planning to manage the project yourself and sub-contract trades, or opt for using the services of a professional project manager or builder? An increasing number of self-builders use a project manager or contractor to deliver the weathertight shell and then manage the fit out themselves.

Finalise funds

Whatever your budget, prepare it well and stick to it. If you need a mortgage, the lender will probe your cost plan to check it’s realistic. You will also need to set some contingency. If you’re likely to change your mind as work goes on, costs will rise, so allow for this.

Health & safety

This won’t be complicated if you work with responsible trades who know what they require to work safely. You’ll need to appoint a principle designer and principle contractor, create a health and safety file, submit a simple notification form to the Health & Safety Executive and maintain a construction phase plan.

Next steps

Attend Potton’s free course, Granted Permission – How to get your project moving. The one-day free course explores all of the issues raised in this article and much more. It also provides software tools to help attendees organise their project, budget effectively and build safely.

Find out more about Potton’s free course ‘Planning granted: how to move your project forward’