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    Planning advice

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    The Planning Development team can offer advice but there are charges - the fee depending on the type of proposal.

    How to find out if you need permission

    You should always establish whether a proposal needs planning permission before you apply for Building Regulation approval or make arrangements with a builder.

    You can find out, through the Planning Portal, whether you are likely to need permission for a proposal but there are often conditions which restrict what can be added to a particular property without planning permission e g fences, walls, gates, windows. 

    Planning Portal

    The Planning Portal website gives comprehensive information on all aspects of planning, including policy documents and circulars. You will find helpful tools:   

    • a calculator to find the volume of an extension   
    • a fee calculator    
    • interactive guides 

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    Advice on whether planning permission is needed

    The Development Management team at East Hampshire District Council is able to offer advice on a range of planning issues and you should always establish whether a proposal needs planning permission before you apply for Building Regulation approval or make arrangements with a builder.

    A useful tool to determine whether planning permission is required may be found on the Planning Portal but in some cases permitted development rights may have been removed from a property. If you are unsure whether your property benefits from permitted development rights, it is advisable to apply in writing to Planning Development to establish whether or not permission is needed.

    In most cases this requires a fee in order to cover the costs of providing these services; the fee depends on the type of proposal.

    The South Downs National Park has introduced one level of service across the national park but it does mean that the way in which pre- application enquiries are handled inside and outside the park is different.

    Pre application advice for proposals that fall within the South Downs National Park

    Advice for sites within the national park is free for householder and residential ‘Do I Need Planning Permission’ enquiries that do not require a meeting. There will, however, be a fee for advice regarding new dwellings or larger development, or any other advice that necessitates a meeting.

    The pre-application service requires a pro-forma to be completed, depending on the development type proposed. Once completed, the pro-forma and fee payable, if required, should be submitted to East Hampshire District Council at Penns Place, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4EX. Please note that cheques should be made payable to ‘South Downs National Park Authority’. For those enquiries that do not require payment to be processed, the pro-forma may be e-mailed to planningpreapplication@easthants.gov.uk .

    Please note that such enquiries will not be treated as confidential and will be published on the SDNP website.

    The relevant pro-forma can be accessed via the link below:

    Do I Need Planning Permission?

    Householder Pre-application

    Other Development 

    For further information regarding the pre-application service, how the service will be provided, what developments may not require planning permission and details relating to how to pay for pre-application advice, please visit the South Downs National Park website .

    Pre- application advice for proposals that fall outside the South Downs National Park

    Advice for those areas outside the national park in response to written enquiries will normally be given within 10 working days of receipt of details and fee. Alternatively, you may arrange a meeting with the enquiries officer to discuss the proposals in person. To do so, please call 01730 234246 or e-mail planningpreapplication@easthants.gov.uk  

    A copy of our charging schedule is available below.  Please note that, should a meeting be cancelled within 48 hours of its taking place, the fee will not be refunded

    Before any meeting, you should send details, including sketches of your proposal, photographs and any other information you think may be helpful. It would also be useful at this stage to tell your neighbours about your ideas as this may avoid potential problems or misunderstanding at a later date. 

    The response time for pre-application enquiries is 10 working days except those proposals classed as Major, the response time for which is 25 working days.

    Planning Aid

    Planning Aid is a network of planning volunteers providing free and independent advice to community groups and individuals who are unable to afford a consultant.

    Our local Planning Aid contact is Planning Aid South:

    • Covers: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire   
    • Email: socw@planningaid.rtpi.org.uk    
    • Phone: 0870 240 7552

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