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Planning Permission

Planning Direct has achieved its high success rate in gaining planning permission and approval by applying a unique approach, with bespoke solutions, to each of its cases.

If you are looking to make a planning application you can read our comprehensive guide to planning applications and how to make them here. Alternatively, if you are still unsure as to whether planning is required for your project continue reading below.

Do you need Planning Permission?

As a rule of thumb Planning permission or Planning Approval is needed when you are looking to:

  • Construct a new building;
  • Make a major change to an existing building (e.g. build an extension);
  • Change the use of a building.

Do you have land to be developed?

If you have land that you think could be developed please call Planning Direct on 01473 407911 or email Andrew Cann, Director at for a free consultation. Andrew will quickly assess what could be developed, what the chances and routes to success are and give an idea of potential returns.

England and Wales has a plan-led system of rural and urban planning. Planning Applications are required for all major development and some minor.

Permitted development is allowed in a select number of cases – barn conversions (in theory), small household extensions, some back garden development and loft conversions. It is important however to check with your local council or an expert if you need planning permission before construction.

If you need advice on whether you need planning permission get in touch, we offer a free initial advice service and get back to you quickly.


Who Decides?

The decision as to whether your planning application is approved or not is typically made by either the chief planning officer, using delegated powers on behalf of the planning committee, or by the planning committee itself. Once we have determined who will be making the decision, we can work to glean from them the key issues that must be met and resolved in order to ensure that your planning application is approved, and avoid any planning objections being raised.

The Planning Direct Approach

Gaining planning permission and approval is also a highly political process, so our unique politico-emotional approach is essential in making sure that your planning application is approved. By talking with local politicians, neighbours and the parish council, we are best able to accommodate any concerns they may have relating to your specific design, and work to get them on your side. It’s important to note that planning officers will often be taking a substantial risk by approving a planning application (and none whatsoever by declining it), so every advantage counts towards ensuring a positive outcome.

Our Portfolio

Planning Direct has a wealth of experience in getting planning permission for all types of planning applications and changes of use. We also have experience of Hybrid Bills, and Transport and Works Act Orders for larger projects. We have also recently started working on hotel developments, controversial residential schemes and retail developments.

We have experience with a wide-range of projects:

  • House extensions;
  • Rear extensions;
  • Home offices;
  • New houses;
  • Housing developments;
  • Stommel-Haus (German premium eco-friendly houses);
  • Listed Buildings Consent;
  • Change of Use applications;
  • Permitted Development (prior notification);
  • Barn Conversions;
  • Major road projects;
  • Major port projects;
  • Major rail projects;
  • Planning objections (minor and major);
  • Planning appeals.

You can find out more about what we can do – and for free. Contact us now about your planning problem and we’ll give initial advice completely free of charge:

What Our Clients Say About Us

  • “Wonderful news. Thank you for your incredible support and professional assistance”.

    You should consider using a Planning Consultancy to apply for Change of Use. There are a number of angles which we can adopt in order to put forward a succinct and thorough proposal to your local council in support if your application.

    Read how we won this case here

    Contact us to discuss your case on 01473 407911.

    Planning Direct wins another Change of Use Planning Application in London

  • “Amazing service, contact was kept throughout… always very helpful. All my questions were answered straight away… Absolutely I would recommend Planning Direct without a doubt”

    If you need to apply for retrospective Planning Permission, or indeed you need to appeal a decision Planning Direct can help you.

    Here’s how we helped this client – read more here

    Planning Direct wins retrospective planning appeal – “Amazing Service” says happy client

  • “I just want to thank your firm for the change of use you got us in Rush Green. Jamie has pulled it out the bag and sent us that good news today, he is so patient he just kept chewing at them until they said yes”.   

    If you have a  piece of land which you think could be developed Planning Direct could help you obtain the planning permission to realise its’ potential.

    Click here to read how we won this case.

    Is there room for a house in your garden?

  • “Andrew and Nikki worked hard and efficiently on our change of use application with a positive outcome and I believe this was all down to their expertise and experience, we would recommend them to anyone and would not hesitate to use them again in the future. Great work”.

    Are you looking to expand your business? Have you considered purchasing a neighbouring property and extending into it? Planning Direct can help you obtain Planning Permission for Change of Use.

    Read the full article here

    Suffolk business now able to expand thanks to Planning Direct

  • Thank you so much for your help with this – best investment I’ve made so far in engaging you – I thought your document to the Planning Inspectorate was first class and worth every penny.

    When our Planning Application was refused for the second time we felt the reasons for refusal were weak. We asked Planning Direct whether we had good grounds for appeal. Ben was extremely positive about the points of our case, he reviewed all of the documentation we provided him and also used his own extensive knowledge of other appeals and associated decisions.

    The result was an outstanding 15-page document that clearly set out the reasons for the Councils refusal along with the positive counter-arguments and references to precedent cases for presentation to the Planning Inspectorate.

    The end result…. our appeal was upheld and permission was granted. We would not be in this position without Ben’s fantastic attention to detail and his way with words in presenting the case.

    Mr K Swinburne, New Build Family Home

  • I just wanted to express my extreme gratitude to you for your help with our recent planning application to extend our home.

    From our first call, I was impressed with the way your handled our case and it was evident from the word go that you knew exactly what was needed to get our application granted.

    I especially appreciate your prompt and efficient service, considering the tight deadline that I gave you.

    I am sure that without the work that you did to support our original application and in response to the councils request to alter our application, we would not have been granted the planning permission for the size of extension that we wanted and would have had to settle for a smaller space that would not have worked for my family.

    Once again, thanks for your winning service.

    Tanvir Choudhury, Home Extension

  • With my sincere thanks to you Andrew for everything you done! No doubt I’ll be in touch again when this goes to committee. Best wishes, Leigh

    Leigh-Jane Miller, Gallions Point Harbour Ltd

  • Andrew worked tirelessly on documenting our objection statement and writing our respective three minute presentations for the Development Control Committee. Our sincere thanks go to Andrew Cann for his diligence, guidance, attention to detail and highly professional approach in helping Bardwell and Stanton Parish Councils with this planning application.

    Andrew Smith on behalf of Bardwell and Stanton Parish Councils

  • I want to place on record my thanks to you for all you have done to advise and assist Pakefield Opposing Tesco in our campaign to stop Tesco taking over the Tramway Hotel in Pakefield, Lowestoft.
    The reports you produced were professional, well researched and very knowledgeable about the processes and operations of local authority planning departments and development control committees.
    Your work made a major contribution to our campaign which has so far successfully prevented a much loved local building and community facility becoming just another retail store that the local community doesn’t want or need.
    Thank you for your work.
    Best wishes
    Bob Blizzard

    Bob Blizzard – Chair, Pakefield Opposing Tesco

  • I worked with Andrew when the Crossrail Bill, which at the time would have had a severe effect on rail freight, was being considered by the House of Lords. He is a canny operator (pun intended) and was quick to grasp the case and how best to present it to peers who were intelligent but ignorant of the facts. I would recommend him for a project management or strategic role in the ports or freight sector or in an equivalent industry.

    Angus Walker Partner / Head of Department at Bircham Dyson Bell



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