Understanding UK planning law


If you want to change the use of your land, build new structures and major developments, you will come into contact with the UK’s planning laws. Planning law provides legal controls on the use of property for development and other purposes. It tries to balance environmental and social concerns with individual’s desires to use their private property.

Proposals about the use of your land will have to be submitted to your local council in the form of a planning permission application. For larger works, the council may require you to provide substantial information with your application, such as undertaking an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

Concerned parties, such as neighbours, may make objections, which you will then have to address.

The whole process can be lengthy and complex, and it is advisable to get a solicitor to advise and assist you. Contact Law has more than 5,000 solicitors throughout the UK that we can put you in touch with directly.

If you are looking for expert legal advice, please call us on 0800 1777 162 and let our experienced case handlers match you to the right solicitor for your needs. More legal information can be found in the articles on the right-hand side.

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