Planning works

13 May 2019

How effective preparation can help mitigate costly planning delays.

Building works


Planning delays are a concern for a third of our customers1. Even the smallest project is likely to require Planning Permission, and/or Listed Building Consent, and the whole process can be more complicated, costly and time consuming than first thought.  

The length of time it can take to recover from a major incident such as fire or flood or to undergo an improvement or restoration project depends on the complexity and size of the building and intended plans. It can take months, even years before work commences for a variety of reasons. 
You will need to apply for Listed Building Consent (LBC) if you want to demolish a listed building; or if you want to alter or extend a listed building in a manner which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. You may also need to apply for Planning Permission (PP) if the work will affect the external appearance of the property or its use.

Top planning concerns among customers

Planning concerns

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  • Reasons for delay
  • The planning process explained
  • Practical tips.
1Listed Building Owner Survey 2017 (Residential), Historic England