Looking at plans on paper can be very different to watching a build come together. Sometimes there are changes that need to be made to your plan because once you have seen the build come to life you might change your mind or because of something unexpected on site you may need to change how a particular element of your plan was going to work.

These are called variations and they are very common. Depending on the level of the “variation” depends on what you will need to do next.

Non material amendment

This is a small change and one that is not going to be difficult to obtain. A good example of this is if you need to move a window or door along a wall. In truth nothing much has changed, the wall is still in the same location, the same size and has a window or door in it.

The only time that this might be challenged is if the moving of the window or door impacts on privacy for others.

Minor material amendment

This is a bigger change. An example would be that you would like to move the planned extension closer to a boundary. It’s the same extension just in a slightly different location. The planning authorities would consider this to be a minor amendment and would need to investigate the impact the change would have to any neighbours.

If you are in any doubt our expert planning consultants can help. By carrying out a planning appraisal we can advise you on whether planning permission is required, the feasibility, process, timescales, likelihood of success and answer any other questions that you have. Once we know exactly what is required for your project, we will provide you an accurate quote for us to help you.

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