The Planning Portal: Interactive Guides to Planning

The Planning Portal is the national home of planning and building regulations information and is of course impartial – being the only national planning application service. Your Planning Portal can help you find out all about planning rules, permitted development limits and building regulations for over fifty common building work projects for the home. As it is quicker and more efficient, your architect will increasingly tend to use this service to lodge both planning and building regulation applications – although note that the option to consult directly with local authorities and submit traditional hard copies through them still remains if preferred. However, around 80 per cent of applications are now submitted online via the Portal.

The Planning Portal guides help stress the important fact that for all building work to their property (or land), the owner in question is ultimately responsible for complying with the relevant planning rules and building regulations (regardless of the need to apply for planning permission and/or building regulations approval or not). Failure to comply with the relevant rules can result in the owner being made liable for any remedial action (which could go as far as demolition and/or restoration). As such, the general advice is to always discuss your proposals with the relevant local planning authority and building control service before starting work. Your architect can also help advise you and help negotiate this process. If unsure, you can find out who your Local Authority is by carrying out an online search using your postcode here.

In addition to any professional pre-planning advice received from the Local Authority or your architect, the Planning Portal can help you test your proposed project against the permitted development limits and conditions. For example, you can find out more about Permitted Development, explore the Planning Portal’s Interactive House (also see links below), and then read about the Planning Portal Getting Started pages.

Interactive Guides to the planning process and produced by the Planning Portal include the following:

For more advice and information, feel free to contact architect Ian Banks on 07717710014 or

Would you like to add £50,000 to the value of your home in just 7 -14 days? – Refer to Atoll Blog feature on new independent research from the Federation of Master Builders  and the Home Owners Alliance (working with the The Guild of Property Professionals). A similar commercial guide on the subject has also been produced by the online Property Workshop portal which acts as a self-styled “one-stop shop for home renovation and repair” . Property Workshop details it’s own suggested ’31 Home Improvements that Add Value (and 7 that Don’t!)’ and the site takes you through 31 different ways to increase property value, with tips on how to maximise profit and make a householder’s money go further.

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