Reducing delays when getting planning applications validated

When a local authority receives a planning application, it will be reviewed by an officer to determine if it is complete—and valid—before it can move to the decision-making stage. If any required information is found to be missing, the application is marked as ‘invalid’ and returned to the applicant. This will be accompanied by an […]

What you should know about permitted development rights

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Some types of building work don’t require you to apply for full planning permission from the council. Depending on their scale and nature, they may be considered a ‘permitted development’ and automatically be granted permission to continue without the need for an application process. However, there are some conditions, limitations and exceptions that need to be […]

Your responsibilities under planning obligations explained

In order to help mitigate the impact of a development on an area, local authorities have the right to request financial contributions from the developer. The two main components of these developer contributions are planning obligations (otherwise known as Section 106 agreements or S106 obligations) and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). What exactly are planning […]

Why you should consider appealing planning refusal

If the local planning authority (LPA) refuses your planning application, it can seem like a lot of time and money wasted—and a dead end for your project. But while most applicants walk away at this point, the statistics show that you shouldn’t necessarily be one of them. Everyone can appeal a refusal The ability to lodge […]

Housing Developers and the Consumer Code

The Consumer Code was designed to provide home buyers with a fair and transparent process, but it hasn’t all been plain sailing for housing developers. So what’s been the main challenge and how can house builders overcome it? What is the Consumer Code? The Consumer Code for Home Builders ?came into force in April 2010 […]

Developing Affordable Homes

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With many residential sites stalling due to affordable housing requirements, increasing the supply of affordable homes poses a significant challenge. The East Manchester borough of Tameside comprises a mix of lower value residential properties close to the Manchester city core, with a broad variety of land uses being found on the periphery of the borough. […]

How are planning applications validated?

If you require planning permission for building work, you will need to submit a planning application to the local planning authority. Based on the information provided, they will then make a decision on whether they can approve the project or not. On paper, this might seem like a simple process. However, the planning application first […]

End to End Information: BIM in Residential Development

Modelling buildings using BIM is commonplace on large commercial or public projects. However, the benefits can be just as useful in residential development. Seddon Homes are a prominent and active house builder. They have been constructing high-quality homes for decades across the north-west UK using a wide variety of high-quality house types. Having helped Seddon […]