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Pre-application planning guidance

Will I need planning permission at my home?

The UK Government's Planning Portal website can offer guidance as to whether you are likely to need planning permission. The link below will take you to the Planning Portal's Interactive House or Interactive Terrace which gives guidance on what works do and do not need planning  permission if to be undertaken at a house.

Planning Portal - Do I need planning permission? (external website)

Further guidance

If, after looking at the Planning Portal, you wish written confirmation as to whether your proposed house extension, tv satellite dish or works to be undertaken within the garden area requires planning permission or is permitted development, the council has developed an enquiry form.

This form can be completed in one of two ways - online or by post. 

Please select the option you prefer.

Online

Online planning permission enquiry form for householders (external website)


By post

Please download and print the form below, returning by post to the address on the form.

Planning application enquiry form for households (pdf 103kb opens in new window)

This enquiry service is free and ensures that both you and the council have a record of the decision on your proposal.

The council will inform you in writing of whether you require planning permission or not within 14 days of the receipt of your inquiry. If you need planning permission you can take advantage of discussing your proposals with a planning officer before submitting.  The council will also advise you whether you can benefit from the new home extension procedure.

If you know you require planning permission you can take advantage of the council's pre-application assessment service.

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Will I need planning permission at my business premises?

The UK Government's Planning Portal website can offer guidance as to whether you are likely to need planning permission. Check the advice offered in the "Common Projects" section of the web page revealed.

Planning Portal - Do I need planning permission? (external website)

Further guidance

If, after looking at the Planning Portal, you wish written confirmation as to whether your proposed extension, works within the site area  or change of use requires planning permission, the council has developed an enquiry form. This form can be completed in one of two ways - online or by post.

Please select the option you prefer:

Online

Online planning permission enquiry form for businesses (external website)

By post

Please download and print the form below, returning by post to the address on the form.

Planning application enquiry form for businesses (pdf 61kb opens in new window)

This enquiry service is free, and ensures that both you and the council have a record of the decision on your proposal. The council will inform you in writing of whether you require planning permission or not within 14 days of the receipt of your inquiry. If you need planning permission you can take advantage of discussing your proposals with a planning officer before submitting.

If you know you require planning permission you can take advantage of the council's pre-application assessment service.

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Can I discuss my proposals with you before submitting an application?

Pre-application discussions with the council's officers can save money and time. You can discuss your proposals before submitting a planning application. You can forward details of your proposals accompanied by the relevant pre-application enquiry form

A pre-application discussion with a planning/highway/conservation or tree officer will normally assist in identifying what information will be required, and will highlight the
planning issues and likely success (or otherwise) of your application. A discussion relating to house extension proposals can be held around the East Riding of Yorkshire Council area at various planning surgeries

For discussions on other matters an appointment can be made with the relevant planning officer. Please get in touch on (01482) 393792 to make an appointment.

The discussion will include considerations of policies contained within the development plan and other national planning policy. The development plan sets down planning policies against which applications are assessed. Applications which are not in accordance with development plan policies are unlikely to be supported. 

The Department of Communities and Local Government website provides more information relating to national planning policy through the following link. Scroll down the page displayed to the highlighted "National Planning Policy Framework" section.

National Planning Policy Framework (external website)

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Can I get the council's informal opinion on my proposals?

Yes. The following forms are for requesting pre-application advice when you know planning permission will be required and you want an informal pre-application assessment of the acceptability of the scheme.

The council has three types of form depending on the size and type of the planning proposal - those classed as 'major', 'mineral and waste' and 'all other schemes'.


Major schemes

Major applications relate to residential development of more than 25 dwellings or other uses where; the site area is more than 1 hectare, the proposed floor space is 1000 square metres or greater or the development is for a wind turbine greater than 55 metres to tip height.

This form can be completed in one of two ways - online and by post. Please select the option you prefer.

Online

Pre-application enquiry form for major schemes (opens in new window)

By post

Please download and print the form below, returning by post to the address on the form:

Pre-application enquiry form – Major proposals (pdf 30kb opens in new window)

Please note: charges for this service have been introduced but only relating to 'major' planning proposals. The following pdf document provides relevant details relating to major proposals:

Pre-application advice for major schemes (pdf 238kb opens in new window)


Mineral and waste proposals

These forms can be downloaded for completion and returned to the planning section with the Major pre-application enquiry forms. These forms request specialist information only relevant to mineral and waste proposals:

Supplementary Minerals pre-application form (pdf 66.3kb opens in new window)

Supplementary Waste Disposal pre-application form (pdf 65.8kb opens in new window)


All other schemes

This form is to be used for all schemes which are below the thresholds quoted for 'major' schemes above. This enquiry service is free.

This form can be completed in one of two ways - online and by post. Please select the option you prefer.

Online

Pre-application enquiry form for all other schemes (opens in new window)

By post

Please download and print the form below, returning by post to the address on the form:

Pre-application enquiry form for all other schemes (pdf 29kb opens in new window)

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How is my application assessed?

When considering the submission of a planning application there are a number of issues which have to be considered and these can vary dependent on the complexity of the application.

Local policy

All planning applications are assessed against national policies and local planning policies


National policy

National policy can be viewed through the following link. Scroll down the page displayed to the highlighted "National Planning Policy Framework" section.

National planning policy (external website)

The council has issued advice on assessing planning applications against national planning policy.


Consultations

When an application is submitted internal consultations are undertaken within the council and with external bodies and individuals from outside the council. The consultations are aimed at finding out the views of persons and bodies relating to the application, and, whether there are any statutory considerations that need to be addressed from legislations other than planning.

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What are the implications of the Party Wall Act 1996 for new building work?

Find out about the implications of building close to boundaries.

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Is there any 'supplementary planning guidance' issued to give assistance to applicants?

Supplementary planning guidance documents provide further guidance on the application of Local Plan policies. They are not statutory documents but they are used to help make decisions on planning proposals.

They include the following topics:

  • tourism accommodation
  • flood risk
  • renewable energy
  • greenfield sites
  • affordable housing
  • outdoor playing space
  • integrated coastal management plan
  • roll back policy
  • village design guides.

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Are there any external websites which give planning advice?

There are a number of useful links produced below:

Guidance on planning issues through the Planning Portal

East Riding of Yorkshire Council provides information and services about Planning in conjunction with the Planning Portal.

The Planning Portal is the UK Government's planning resource. Use this site to learn about the planning system, what needs planning permission, apply for planning permission, find out about development near you, appeal against a planning decision and research the latest government policy.

Using the Planning Portal

Planning Portal Homepage- The Planning Portal offers a wide range of services and guidance about the planning system.

Make a planning application- Apply to make an online planning application.

Common Projects- A list of common building work projects is given with links to further information and guidance about whether planning permission is required.

Building regulations- This section contains a wide range of building regulation information and advice on how to apply for various types of common building work.

Guidance on appeals- Submit a new appeal, search for an existing appeal or comment on it, all online. Advice is also given relating to the submission of appeals other than online. 

Site plan creator - You can buy maps here to support your planning application.
 
Useful tools- including Fee Calculator and Volume Calculator to enable you to accurately assess the submission fee for a planning application.

Visual guide for householders- Explore the "interactive house" and "interactive terrace" for guidance on many common householder projects. Explore the interactive terrace for guidance relating to flats, shops and basements as well as many common householder projects.

Local information- Contact details for local planning authorities and local information. 

Development plans- Identify local planning information for a development site from development plans.

Planning Portal FAQs- Access the Planning Portal's FAQs page which provides free, easily accessible advice available to users.

Policy and Legislation- This section provides access to chief legislation produced by the government and planning research documents.

Greener Homes and Energy Saving- Guidance for householders; providing advice on planning and building regulation matters for green energy projects and energy.

Flood risk assessments

Before submitting a planning application visit the Environment Agency website and find out how to undertake a flood risk assessment:

Environment Agency - Flood risk assessment advice (external website)


Non-mains drainage proposals

Before submitting a planning application which contains an element of drainage which does not go to a mains drain the Environment Agency has devised a form which can be downloaded. If this form is completed and submitted with your application, it will assist in the drainage assessment of the proposals.

Non-mains drainage form (Word 115kb opens in new window)  

 

The countryside and special designations

Find out from the Natural England website whether your site is specially designated  as a protected area:

Natural England - Protected areas (external website)


The historic environment (scheduled monument consent)

If your site contains or is part of a scheduled monument get advice from the English Heritage website on what to consider when submitting an application:

English Heritage - Scheduled monument consent (external website)


Registered parks, battlefields and gardens (consent for development within)

If your site contains or is part of a registered park, battlefield or garden get advice from the English Heritage website on what to consider when submitting an application for development affecting such.

English Heritage - Registered park, battlefield or garden (external website)


Listed buildings

Find out if your building is listed from the English Heritage website:

English Heritage - Is my building listed? (external website)

Advice on listed building consent is given on the English Heritage website:

English Heritage - Listed Building Consent (external website)

The council also offers advice and information about listed buildings.

Conservation areas

Advice relating to conservation areas can be accessed from the English Heritage website:

English Heritage - Conservation areas (external website)

The council also offers advice and information about conservation areas.


Heritage coasts and coastline issues

Find out about Flamborough Heritage Coast, Spurn Point and other coastline issues:

Coastal Observatory - Flamborough (external website)

Spurn Point (external website)

The council also offers advice and information on coastal issues.

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Are there any links to other council services that applicants may find helpful?

Archaeology

Many planning consents have a condition attached requiring the undertaking of an archeological survey. The council operates a joint service with Hull City Council and for help and guidance view the document below.

Archaeology information (pdf 14kb opens in new window)

Food services

If you wish to seek planning consent for a hot food takeaway find out about the requirements relating to environmental health regulations and food.

Contaminated land and planning

Some planning applications require the submission of a contaminated land survey. Find out about the council’s approach to development on contaminated land.

For further help and guidance view the document below.

Planning guidance on land contamination (pdf 900kb opens in new window)

Noise and planning 

If your planning proposal involves noise issues you may have to submit a noise assessment with your application.

Air quality and planning

If your planning proposal involves air quality issues you may have to submit an air quality assessment with your application.

Building control

Many planning proposals also require consent under the building regulations. Find out about how to submit a building regulation application.

Rural Policy and Partnerships

The council has a small rural policy team in the planning & development management section. The team works to ensure that the council and partner organisations are kept up-to-date of the latest rural issues and developments, and seeks to influence rural policy decisions at all levels.

Commercial and business guidance

If you are thinking of submitting an application for planning consent which would lead to the setting up of a business within the area, then get advice from these business related help links- business advice and support, licences and business rates.

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What are planning surgeries?

Planning surgeries are where customers can meet planning officers to discuss house extension planning issues and planning application procedural matters without travelling to County Hall, Beverley. These discussions can include how much your application will cost.

Planning surgeries are held in the main customer service centres (CSC) listed below, at the times stated, without the need of an appointment. However if the issue relates to development proposals other than house extensions then customers are advised to make an appointment with the relevant planning officer through the contact details given below for the Beverley CSC.

Bridlington CSC planning surgery - Friday 10-00am – 12.00pm

Goole CSC planning surgery - Friday 10-00am – 12.00pm

Beverley CSC planning surgery - there are no structured hours but customers are advised to make an appointment to ensure the relevant officer is available to respond to their query. Please get in touch on (01482) 393792 to make an appointment.

At all other customer service centres not listed above, we have found that personal appointments give a better service. Please get in touch on (01482) 393792 to make an appointment.

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Is there any design guidance for house extensions?

To assist anyone who is thinking of extending a dwelling, a guidance document has been produced that relates to the area of the East Riding of Yorkshire only.

The following pdf document gives advice about the size, design and appearance of house extensions by highlighting good and bad design solutions.

Design guidance for house extensions (pdf 292kb opens in new window)

Once you have decided on the size, design and appearance of your possible extension, you can check whether you will need to make a planning application or whether the extension does not require planning permission and is classed as permitted development (PD).

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