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  • problems with planning proposals

    Good morning all,

    Looking for some advice on planning & if I Can do anything else in my quest ?!?
    Im a Mechanical Engineer - so no professional building trade / planning experience, living in Scotland. Currently planning to build an extension, I have drawn up an extension proposal and have submitted to local planning development services.
    after much emailing and chasing with the allocated tech the response I received was unfavourable (they have deemed the extension was to the principal elevation and hence shut the doors on the plans)... now here’s where my problem is - there are about 10 properties in the area, with extensions to the same side as my proposal some built within the last 2 yrs ?
    (How can the planning services approve 1 but refuse another?) I submitted quite a large portfolio with photographs of the properties with these extensions along with a map of the area indicating these properties in regards to my own ...
    with my limited (well lack of) experience relating to planning rules & reg's how can my principal elevation be different to someone elses property, they have deemed the others to be rear extensions - even if the extension fronts the road (highway) / the letter box (front door) / access all are the same as my own , really cant get my head round it

    I have checked the councils website and all properties are planning approved
    1x property has only the approved building warrant (but the council say this is unauthorised - are they lying ? how can a property have the warrant approved but be unauthorised ?)

    Should I pay for a planning application and hope that a planning committee approve the decision would an architect with more knowledge of the laws & regs be able to fight my case better or should I employ a solicitor to fight my case ??

    any advice would be greatly appreciated - I can post all relevant doc's & email trails if required


  • #2
    Re: problems with planning proposals

    Who drew up the plans for the extension? I presume a local company involved in the others? In which case, see what they advise.

    Otherwise, I would personally have thought proceeding with the application should be fine if your extension if materially the same as existing approved extensions, as it is clear there is a precedent for them.


    • #3
      Re: problems with planning proposals

      How did you get on?


      • #4
        Re: problems with planning proposals

        yeah, this post was from ages ago. then again, its probably still early days if we are talking planning permission here.