Planning permission for proposed developments
Planning permission, as granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, stands as a legal process that regulates the construction and alteration of buildings and land. It is a crucial process that ensures that any proposed development aligns with specific guidelines, regulations, and the overall vision for the community. Planning permission plays a pivotal role in shaping the built environment, balancing the interests of developers and communities.
Obtaining planning permission
The process of obtaining planning permission begins with a formal planning application to the local planning authority through the planning portal. A detailed site plan, proposal plans, and any relevant supporting documents should all be included.
Following this, a thorough evaluation of various factors will take place. These may include the impact on the local infrastructure, such as transportation networks, utilities, and public services. Environmental considerations of pollution and visual impact are also taken into account. This is to ensure that the proposed development is compatible with its surroundings and minimises any negative effects on the environment.
If the proposed development is approved, it will then receive a lawful development certificate which will list it as a permitted development meaning that work can take place.
The planning permission process is not limited to new developments alone; It also encompasses changes to existing structures or land use. Renovations, extensions, conversions, and alterations to buildings all require appropriate planning permission. This ensures that any alterations are in line with building codes, environmental regulations, and the overall objectives of urban and rural planning.
Ecological constraints in planning permission
Ecological constraints often pose as a barrier to obtaining planning permission. These constraints arise from the need to protect and preserve the natural environment and its ecosystems.
Protected areas, endangered species and habitats, environmental impact and landscape and visual impact are common factors that can impede planning permission. Developers must conduct thorough assessments, propose mitigation measures, and demonstrate a commitment to sustainable development to address these constraints and achieve approval whilst minimising environmental impacts.
How can Collington Winter assist?
Collington Winter are passionate about ecology and provide a holistic and innovative approach to environmental management. Our ecological consultants are fast paced problem solvers, working with clients to obtain planning permission for their developments.
We provide a range of ecological services to help our clients to identify whether there may be any ecological issues with their proposal plans during the planning permission process. These include:
- preliminary ecological appraisals
- protected species surveys
- tree surveys
- ecological clerk of works
- biodiversity net gain
We can comment on planning applications and identify any mitigation measures that may need to be taken if any environmental constraints are identified.