Everything you need to know about demolition services and planning permission One of the most frequent questions that DES Holdings’ Demolition department is asked is “Does my demolition project require planning permission?”. Honestly, we have to answer on a case-by-case basis but hope to cover the majority of circumstances and provide some clarity as to whether it’s likely or not that you will need planning permission for your demolition project. Development Projects In the majority of cases, our customers are looking to undertake some kind of development project. In most of these cases, planning permission is required if the scope of the works meets the statutory definition of “development” which is set out and defined in Section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. In short, the legal definition of “Development” includes: Structural alterations Construction Most demolition works Material changes in use of land and building Groundworks Mining Certain aspects of interior alterations. Luckily, the helpful management team at DES Holdings can actually help you navigate any relevant red tape to make your development project as seamless as possible. With over 30 years of knowledge and experience in the industry, we will work alongside you to ensure that your project is assessed, planned, and undertaken professionally and quickly. Not every project is the same. Sometimes there are exceptions to the “standard planning rules and regulations”, some of these exceptions make things easier, and some can make things more problematic, however, you can be sure that DES Holdings will keep you updated with exactly what’s going on with your project. Temporary Structures This isn’t particularly common, but it does occur, so we thought we’d touch on this. Some people do have, what they have classed as, a temporary structure, and so did not require planning permission to put it up. However, now want to completely level it and don’t mind destroying it in the process. Just as planning permission wasn’t required to put it up, you won’t need planning permission to demolish it. This is quite a cathartic way of getting rid of your temporary structure, providing you weren’t planning on relocating it. Obviously, if you demolish it, you’ll destroy its structural integrity entirely. Lawful Development Depending on the nature of your project, you may be able to apply to the council for a “Lawful Development Certificate”. It is completely down to the council whether or not they grant a certificate to confirm if your project is lawful for planning purposes under either section 191 or section 192 of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990. Generally speaking, these are a lot easier to get than planning permission, however, certain criteria does have to be met or else your application will be rejected and then you’ll be back to square one and have to then submit a full planning permission application. If you’re at all unsure, then contact DES Holdings directly. We can help get through the process easily. Local Development Order A Local Development Order is a set of development rules outlined by your local planning authorities which define the specific types of development within a specific area. These can be helpful or detrimental depending on the scope of work allowed within the local development order and what your project entails. These Local Development Orders were put in place to streamline the planning process. They remove the need for developers, within the outlined area, to make planning applications to the local planning authority. That said, they don’t prevent planning applications from being submitted which aren’t covered by the order. It’s worth checking to see if you’re covered by a Local Development Order and, if so, what this Order covers exactly. DES Holdings can help you out with this. Neighbourhood Planning This gives the power to the communities of the neighbourhood in question. They get to develop a shared vision for the neighbourhood in which they live and define the development and growth of their area. This can provide a provide tool for residents to plan what types of developments they want in their area. Neighbourhood Planning can help local communities to set planning policies through a neighbourhood plan and grant planning permission through Neighbourhood Development Orders. Any planning permission will need to be in line with a Neighbourhood Planning Order if there is one in place. Again, DES Holdings can help you navigate this if you are planning a demolition in such an area. Permitted Development Rights Permitted Development Rights to allow certain building works and changes of use to be undertaken without a planning application. They are subject to certain conditions and limitations, such as conditions pertaining to height, size, location etc.) and there are a range of excluded areas such as: Conservation Areas Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Parks The Broads World Heritage sites In Summary…. Before undertaking your demolition work, you should always check what Planning Permissions apply to you (if any) and how to obtain what you, by law, require. If you fail to do this, then there could be repercussions either during the project or down the line. With that said, Planning Permission for demolition work can be a bit of a minefield if it’s something that you’ve not done before. Whether you are looking for demolition work within the commercial, industrial, or residential sector, DES Demolition have both the knowledge and experience to help with your development requirements.