HOW TO MAKE A PLANNING APPLICATION
BEFORE starting any building work, check if you need planning permission . Obtaining retrospective permission may not be possible and could mean you could be forced to take your building down.
Familiarise yourself with Planning Policies and Pre-application advice (see below)
Talk to your neighbours
It may be that a small part of your plans upsets them and could easily be amended to keep everyone happy, thereby avoiding objections which could derail your plans and add to the cost of the application. Invite affected parties to come round and walk them through your plans.
Talk to your Councillors
Attend the Parish Council meeting when your appliciation is being considered to explain what you are trying to do (particularly if it is a significant change or extension, or a new building or change of use of land).