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Why we have won 8 of our last 10 planning appeals in Harrow

Why we have won 8 of our last 10 planning appeals in Harrow

Why we have won 8 of our last 10 planning appeals in Harrow Harrow Council in north-west London rejects more planning applications than most other councils in England and Wales and takes a particularly strict and inflexible approach to applications for householder extensions. Just Planning receives a

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Why we have a high success rate on planning appeals for balconies and roof terraces

Why we have a high success rate on planning appeals for balconies and roof terraces

Why we have a high success rate on planning appeals for balconies and roof terraces **Update: We are currently unable to help with new planning applications for roof terraces, however we can assist in cases where planning permission has been refused and you are considering an appeal**

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The Telegraph features our advice on navigating an increasingly complicated planning system

The Telegraph features our advice on navigating an increasingly complicated planning system

Last Saturday, the Telegraph featured our advice on winning the planning system’s ‘postcode lottery’. As we have pointed out elsewhere, some councils grant permission for a much higher proportion of applications than others. Councils in the south east, and in London in particular, are especially poor performers. The

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DCLG Consultation on Upwards Extensions in London

DCLG Consultation on Upwards Extensions in London

DCLG Consultation on Upwards Extensions in London The government has started a consultation on making it easier for developers and homeowners to increase the height of their buildings (by a maximum of two storeys) to match the height of an adjoining building. The consultation document can be

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The ‘Withdrawal’ Method

The 'Withdrawal' Method

Should I withdraw my planning application? One of the most common questions Just Planning consultants are asked by clients is, ‘should I withdraw my planning application’. It usually follows a conversation with a council planning officer who has indicated that an application is unlikely to be successful and

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The Times features our advice on planning applications and appeals

The Times features our advice on planning applications and appeals

Just Planning – The Times The ‘Bricks & Mortar’ section of the Times newspaper on Friday 26 February features Just Planning’s top tips on getting planning permission for householder extensions and alterations. The article can be viewed here: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/property/article4699218.ece We provided the following advice to homeowners considering an extension:

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Increased application fees will place an unfair burden on householders

Increased application fees will place an unfair burden on householders

Increased planning application fees unfair The government has announced plans to increase planning application fees to help plug a shortfall in Council funding. Councils indicate that fee income covers approximately 50% of the cost of running a planning department, and wider Council budgets are being cut. The

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NEVER ignore an Enforcement Notice

NEVER ignore an Enforcement Notice

Enforcement Notices Councils have the power to issue a Planning Enforcement Notice if officers suspect a breach of planning control. The most commonly understood breach is building a structure without first obtaining planning permission. However, you may also be in breach for failing to carry out a development exactly

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The HOUSES vs FLATS anomaly

The HOUSES vs FLATS anomaly

There is a strange anomaly in the householder planning system. HOUSES have permitted development rights but FLATS do not. So HOUSES can be extended without the need for planning permission, but FLATS cannot. Since 2008, permitted development rights have become increasingly generous, meaning HOUSES can be extended

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How to object to a planning application

How to object to a planning application

How to make effective planning objections   Detailed, professional objections prepared for just £350 plus VAT Planning objections do not need to be particularly long or detailed and planning officers are obliged to take account of any representations made to them. However, to have the greatest impact, objections

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