Planning applications to the relevant London Local Planning Authority (LPA) must be accompanied by the required plans of the site, the required supporting documentation, the completed form as well as a cheque for the planning fee.
After an application has been validated and registered, the LPA will then publicise and the application consult on it.
The LPA will also either notify your neighbours or put up a notice on or near the site. In certain cases, applications are also advertised in a local newspaper. This gives the public the opportunity to express opinions on the application. Other bodies such as the county council, the Environment Agency and the relevant Government Office for the region may also need to be consulted.
The majority of planning applications are determined within eight weeks, unless they are unusually large or complex – in which case the time limit is extended to 13 weeks. If you require sale conveyancing in London and have recently submitted a planning application you may find that your conveyancing would be a lot simpler if you hold off until a planning decision is made.
When deciding whether a planning application is in line with its Development Plan, the LPA will consider the following:
The number, size, layout, siting and external appearance of buildings
The infrastructure available – e.g. roads and water supply – and proposed means of access
Any landscaping requirements
The proposed use of the development
The likely impact on the surrounding area
A LPA planning officer will recommend a decision to a planning committee – made up of elected councillors. The planning applicant may attend these meetings and, in many cases, are entitled to make their case to the committee.
The Fridaysmove London conveyancing team do not generally advise on planning applications as other specialist such as architects or planning consultants are best placed to advise you in this regard. If you require sale conveyancing in London and are awaiting a planning decision please ensure that you advise your conveyancing lawyer so that appropriate disclosure can be made to your buyer.