The Most Common Reasons your Planning Permission Application is Refused

Having your planning permission application refused can be infuriating, especially if you don’t understand the reasons behind it. That is why we’ve developed a list of the most common reasons that leads to the rejection of applications.

1) One of the main reasons for refusal is that the proposal submitted alongside the planning permission application is impossible in principle. To understand if this was the reason, you must take into consideration the matters of principle for your proposed development and its technical details.

For example, when converting a garage, if a development doesn't meet the minimum size requirements for the gross internal area of the original property, the project will be impossible in principle.

2) Another popular reason is the lack of necessity for your development. This means, if you were looking to develop a restaurant in an area already saturated with eateries you would have to prove the establishment will be beneficial to the surrounding community.

3) When conceptualising your project, it is important to identify any negative impacts to both the lot and the neighbouring properties. Failure to do so can suggest a lack of foresight and understanding to the planning committee and will result in your application being refused.

4) In addition to taking into consideration the surrounding properties, you must also consider the developments impact on neighbouring amenities. This planning lexicon covers everything from balconies and gardens to parking and exterior infrastructure. With this knowledge, you can further recognise how to submit designs to ensure acceptance.

5) Moreover, the inability to meet quality standards and design for the minimum space requirements is another factor behind the decision. To rectify this, it is recommended you work closely with a design team who can recognise and navigate the process.

6) If your development proposal encroaches on the surrounding area's character and appearance, this can cause issues for your application. While these decisions are often subjective and vary between agents, developments that may potentially affect the pattern of development are unpopular.