If your proposal does need planning permission, it may help to discuss your scheme with a planning officer before submitting the application although this will not usually be necessary for many straightforward proposals. The officer will advise you on the Council's policies and how to obtain permission or, in some cases, why what you have in mind may not be acceptable.
When it comes to actually making the application it is important that you stick to the following points:
Read carefully the guidance notes supplied with the planning application forms. For additional notes on planning application forms, fees and payment methods click here
Answer all of the relevant questions on the form. If you need to add any additional information, then do so in a letter accompanying the application.
Ensure that your submitted plans are clear and accurate and drawn to a metric scale (usually 1:50 or 1:100). You will need to show the existing and proposed floor plans and elevations. For extensions try and include a drawing which shows your proposal and part of your neighbour's house so that the planning officer will be able to judge how your scheme might affect the adjoining property. Ensure that you provide details of materials to be used for the outside surfaces (types of brick, roofing materials, etc.). Finally, you will need to submit a location plan which shows your house in relation to the adjoining properties (usually scale 1:500 or 1:1250). It is possible that you may need to employ an architect or surveyor to prepare plans of the required quality.
Five copies of the application form and accompanying plan are required by the City Council to enable the application to be processed.
A fee is charged for most applications for planning permission and advertisement consent (but not for listed building consent, conservation area consent and tree works applications). The fee cannot be refunded if the application is subsequently refused or withdrawn.
For further assistance contact Development Control on telephone (01452) 396013, fax (01452) 396779 or e-mail us at Development.Control@gloucester.gov.uk.
Last Modified: Wednesday 21 March 2012