Amendments to a planning permission

Issues can arise after planning permission has been granted and in such circumstances you may need to seek to modify or vary the approved plans or details.

If these modifications are fundamental, a new planning application may need to be submitted.

When less substantial changes are proposed a minor material or non-material amendment could be sought.

Such provisions do not however cover Listed Building Consents and a new application for Listed Building Consent will be required.

Prior to submitting any application you are advised to seek pre-application discussions.

Non material amendments

Anything but the most insignificant change needs to be dealt with by submission of a new planning application. Very small changes can be dealt with via an alternative type of application.

We cannot accept amendments as non- material if:

  1. The application site area differs from the original application
  2. The application description differs from the original application
  3. There were any relevant objections to the original proposal which would be compromised by the proposed minor amendment
  4. If an amendment increases the size of any part of the development
  5. If the amendment locates any part of the development closer to a neighbour
  6. If the amendment changes windows or doors in any elevation facing a neighbour which increases overlooking in any way
  7. The development moves more than 1 metre in any direction
  8. Would result in a greater visual intrusion, loss of light or feeling of enclosure to neighbours
  9. The proposal would result in changes to the external details that would materially alter the appearance of the building

Non material amendments will not be subject of publicity, including notification of neighbours.  Our website will be updated if amendments are accepted and copies of the relevant drawings will be displayed.

Applications can be submitted online.

Minor material amendments

A minor material amendment is seen as "one whose scale and nature results in a development which is not substantially different from one which has been approved".

Normal consultations will take place and the standard time limits will apply. The application will be considered on the basis that an in principle decision has previously been made but all new policies and advice and any changed material considerations will be taken on board.

Any permission will be a self-contained  permission so the full range of conditions will be applied and, where relevant, revised Legal Agreements will have to be in place.

It is not possible to seek to extend the time limit of an application using this mechanism.

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