How to go about getting planning permission and dividing up land in your property to build a building plot properly. One of the distinct features of most French properties is the quantity of open space that often comes attached with a relatively modestly priced French property. However, those who seek open space for building a new home on will usually not be doing so with the objective of installing a direct neighbour onto their doorstep. Instead, these individuals are looking to buy a plot of land in order to build a house that will not only provide them with an address, but also with room to develop their own little business.
With this in mind, the planning regulations for this type of new construction can sometimes be far more strict than necessary. To begin with, the local council will want to see evidence that your application for planning permission has been submitted within the correct time period. Some examples of acceptable proof of time: If you have purchased a plot of land and intend to build a new building there, it is essential that you submit proper plans and designs to the local council in order to enable them to see that your intentions are approved by the local authority. This is why you must always ensure that any plans or designs you submit are submitted to the right local authority before the planning permission is granted – the planning regulations could be very different from those applied for if the local authorities are not happy with your plans.
How your planned building plot will have afect on the neighbours
Another point that you should never overlook during the planning stage is the effect that your planned building plot will have on the neighbours. This point is particularly important in French rural areas, where the building plot is situated directly next to a vegetable garden. The planning laws in such cases are very different from the planning regulations in England and Wales: in the former, you must demonstrate that your plot does not interfere with the availability of a particular type of food; in the latter, you must demonstrate that it does not cause an unreasonable impact on the soil or air quality of a plot. It may seem obvious, but even so, many potential buyers of a plot decide against purchasing it because they think that their neighbours might object to the development of the plot. This is why it is important to submit plans to your local council so that they are aware that your project is both suitable for the local area and does not cause undue pressure on the neighbours.
Obtaining planning consent for the actual building plot itself
If planning permission is granted, the next step is to obtain planning consent for the actual building plot itself. For this, it is essential that your application includes the necessary documents such as an ‘Asbestos Management Plan’ (ASMP), a ‘Building Control Strategy’ (BCS), a ‘Building Registration Notice’ (BRN) and a ‘Building Regulations Certificate’ (BRAC). The condition of these documents varies from area to area, so it is highly recommended that you check them carefully before submitting your application:
If you cannot obtain planning consent on the basis of these documents alone, the next step is to approach your local environment agency (i.e. the National Planning Institute) or your county council. If you live in the United Kingdom, there is an Environmental Protection Agency whose website can be found online. Alternatively, a large UK civil society organisation, such as the Construction Research Society has a website where you can find information on all aspects of construction, including the legal environment surrounding the construction of buildings.
The third stage involves the detailed planning regulations and requirements for your project
These vary considerably from area to area, and it is always advisable to contact your local planning office to obtain detailed information on the regulations relating to your proposed building plot, including any additional requirements that must be considered prior to it being built. In the United Kingdom, building plans are required to be submitted to the Office of Planning in order to commence the work, unless evidence is submitted to show that a building is ‘indestructible’. This is known as the appeal procedure and is not widely practiced in the UK.
The fourth stage involves preparing the drawings and proposals for your building plot.
The fourth stage involves preparing the drawings and proposals for your building plot, which will then be subject to an independent public inquiry. The inquiry process allows a full examination of your proposed site to ensure that your application meets all of the requirements of UK law and that it fulfils the minimum local planning requirements. It is vitally important that this process be followed because a lack of sufficient evidence could mean that your application fails to meet the minimums and will not result in a building being constructed. Your local town or city planning office should be able to provide you with more advice on this matter.
Once your application has been given planning permission, you are now at the stage of submitting a bid to the Estate Agent for your plot. A fair evaluation will be made by your agent, who will work with you to get the best deal possible. Alternatively, you can have your own valuation conducted on your plot by a trained valuation expert. If you are unable to come to a satisfactory decision within a reasonable time period (typically three months), you should consider using an independent valuation service to help you with the valuation process. Your local area may not have such a service available, but there are online companies who can evaluate and value your building plot for you.