New Government Planning Advice Service
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13th February 2014
Last year the Government ran a pilot Pre-Planning Application
Advice Service through the Environment Agency.
Following the successful pilot the paid-for service was
launched in the Midlands and South East in January 2014 and it will
become available in other regions in the next few months.
The service is intended to help developers apply for planning
permission or a development consent order, and who need detailed
Some free advice is available through the EA website but the
more detailed technical advice will be through a formal agreement for
which a charge is made.
Remember that getting planning permission on its own is not
enough to allow you to develop the land or property. The legal title
can sometimes show other issues which can prevent development such as:
- existing restrictive covenants that limit the use of the
- third party rights, such as rights of drainage or rights of
- unknown covenants and rights i.e. it is known the rights
may exist but the details are unknown.
Therefore, in all cases, before you spend money on a planning
application, you should always check the legal title and make sure
there are no barriers to future development.
If there are such barriers, then they can often be resolved
either by a form of insurance or simply negotiation with another party.
However, if such negotiation is necessary you should do this before
planning permission is obtained as this will then increase the value
and therefore the amount you might have to pay to a third party.
For more information please call.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2014-02-14 09:12:23 in Legal Articles