Fences, gates and walls often do not require full planning permission and can be built within permitted development rights, providing all the relevant criteria are met and there are no constraints which limit or remove your permitted development rights.
For fences, gates and walls that are likely to fall within permitted development a lawful development certificate is recommended, so that you know your project is compliant and is protected from any retrospective planning issues, enforcement’s or penalties. Building regulations may also be required depending on the extent of the works.
In order for to fall within permitted development your fence, gate or wall must meet the following criteria.
You do not need planning permission for hedges as such, however if a planning condition or a covenant restricts planting (for example, on “open plan” estates, or where a driver’s sight line could be blocked) you may need planning permission and/or other consent.
If even one of these conditions are not met or there are any constraints which limit or remove your permitted development rights, then you will need to apply for planning permission.
If planning permission is required but the works are completed without first securing the proper planning approval you may face retrospective planning issues. If the local planning authority determine that planning permission was required an enforcement and or penalties may be issued. If planning permission cannot be secured retrospectively the extension may need to be demolished.
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.