Planning – Householder Developments

Planning applications for Householder Developments are dealt with by the Development Management Team.  The Planning system plays an important role in modern society by helping to protect the environment in our towns and villages and in the countryside.  Planning regulations have to cover many different situations and even the provisions which affect the average householder are quite detailed.
A number of changes have been made in recent years to many of the "permitted development" rights for these types of works.  An on-line guide to illustrate how these operate in practice is available from this web site by courtesy of the Planning Portal.  The Planning Portal also offers a wide range of other services and guidance on the planning system.
The rules that say when you need to apply for planning permission will differ according to whether you own a house or a flat/maisonette.  Parliament has given the main responsibility for planning to the Local Planning Authorities.  If you do have any queries about a particular case, you can contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.
We offer a service to householders who would like to have written confirmation of whether their extensions and alterations will need Planning Permission and/or Building Regulation approval.  This is called a a Householder Permitted Development Enquiry and the application form is available here.  Please note that a fee of £45 is payable on submission of this form.  However, if we determine that planning permission is required for the development which you are proposing to carry out, then £45 will be deducted from the fee that would subsequently be payable (currently £172) if you then decide to make a planning application. 
If you do need planning permission, it is often best to obtain the services of a qualified designer who will be aware of the constraints and requirements which will apply in your case.  For example, if your house is a Listed Building or in a Conservation Area, your scheme will be looked at particularly carefully.  Alternatively, if your house is close to neighbouring property, there will be a special need to look out for the privacy and general impact on that property.  Always remember that neighbours are consulted on planning applications, and their comments can be influential.  It is often best to let them know what you have in mind before plans are too strongly fixed in your mind.
Further details about submitting a planning application and how your application will be dealt with can be found by following this link.
If you have been consulted on a neighbour's proposal, you can view the plans on-line through our Public Access facility or alternatively see them at the Richmond Community Office as explained in your consultation letter. Staff there will assist as far as possible, but you may want to contact the planning case officer - whose e-mail and telephone contact details will be available in the notification.
For further details about the neighbour consultation process see Section 4 (page 19) of our Statement of Community Involvement
In the event of an appeal being lodged to the Planning Inspectorate against a refusal of planning permission by the District Council for a householder development, any representations made about the proposal at the application stage will be passed directly to the Inspector appointed to determine the appeal and with this expedited procedure there is no longer an opportunity to make further representations at the appeal stage.
If you are seeking guidance and advice on planning and building regulation matters for green energy projects and energy saving, then guidance for householders can be found on the Planning Portal.
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Telephone 01748 829100
Please note – The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is responsible for planning in the National Park. They can be contacted at:
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
North Yorkshire
Tel: 0300 456 0030
Fax: 01969 652399
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Richmondshire District Council
Mercury House
Station Road
North Yorkshire
DL10 4JX

Phone: 01748 829100
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