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What is Prior approval?

Certain types of development are granted planning permission by national legislation without the need to submit a planning application. This is known as ‘Permitted Development’. In order to be eligible for these permitted development rights, each ‘Class’ specified in the legislation has associated limitations and conditions that proposals must comply with.

One such condition on certain classes of permitted development is the need to submit an application to the Local Planning Authority for its ‘Prior Approval; or to determine if it’s ‘Prior Approval’ will be required.

This allows the Local Planning Authority to consider the proposals, their likely impacts in regard to certain specific factors (e.g. transport and highways) and how these may be mitigated.

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Types of Prior Approval

There are different types of prior approval which require various levels of detail before a Council will assess a proposal. Depending on what you are seeking prior approval for, you could be required to submit information on a wide variety of aspects of the proposal, including:

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