Permitted Development - Frequently Asked Questions

Working from Home - Business or Commercial Use.

You do not necessarily need planning permission to work from home. The key test is whether the overall character of the dwelling will change as a result of the business.  If the answer to any of the following questions is 'yes', the permission will probably be needed:

  • Will your home no longer be used mainly as a private residence?
  • Will your business result in a marked rise in traffic or people calling?
  • Will your business involve any activities unusual in a residential area?
  • Will your business disturb your neighbours at unreasonable hours or create other forms of nuisance such as noise or smells?

Beware!  

If you are in any doubt about whether you need to apply, you can contact us at the planning department, look at our leaflet A Guide on Pre-application Advice, this tells you what we would like you to do prior to submitting a planning application.  Our Planning Officers will also give pre-application adviceThis form will help our Officers in answering your request.

Some frequently asked questions.

Do I need permission to install a satellite dish?

Provided you do not live in a conservation area or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) then you do not need permission to install a dish on your house as long as:

Houses and buildings up to 15 metres high.

  • there are no more than two antennas on the property overall, including garden;
  • if you are installing a single antenna, it is not more than 100cm in size in any linear dimension; (this means taking the measurement in a straight line, starting from the edge of the antenna to the opposite edge.  The measurement should only include the antenna itself and not any attachment needed to fix it to the wall or roof or connect to it up to your equipment).
  • if you are installing two antennas, one is not more than 100 cm in any linear dimension (this means taking the measurement in a straight line, starting from the edge of the antenna to the opposite edge.  The measurement should only include the antenna itself and not any attachment needed to fix it to the wall or roof or connect to it up to your equipment).  The other is not more than 60 cm in any linear dimension.
  • the cubic capacity of each individual is not more than 35 litres.
  • if fixed to a chimney stack, the dish does not exceed 60 cm in size and is not higher than the stack.
  • an antenna mounted on the roof only sticks out above the roof when there is a chimney stack.  In this case, the antenna should not stick out more than 60 cm above the highest part of the roof or above the highest part of the chimney stack, whichever is lower.

In a Conservation Area or AONB all the above and

  • an antenna is not installed on a chimney, wall or a roof slope which faces onto, and can be seen from, a road.

For buildings 15 or more metres high

Provided you do not live in a conservation area or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) then you do not need permission to install a dish on your house unless:

  • there will be no more than four antennas on the building overall;
  • the size of any antenna is not more that 130 cm in any linear dimension (not including any projecting feed element, reinforcing rim, mounting and brackets);
  • the cubic capacity of each individual antenna is not more than 35 litres;
  • an antenna fitted onto a chimney stack is not more than 60 cm in any linear dimension; and
  • an antenna mounted on the building does not stick out above the highest part of the building by more than 300 centimetres.

For buildings 15 or more metres high in a Conservation Area or AONB all the above and

  • an antenna is not installed on a chimney, wall, or a roof slope which faces onto, and can be seen from, a road.

If you live in a flat, these limits refer to the building as a whole and not to each separate flat.

If the number of dishes or antennas installed on the building has already reached the maximum allowed, you will need planning permission to install another antenna.  In this case, you may wish to discuss with other residents the possibility of a shared system.  You are responsible for applying for planning permission.

Can I view planning drawings, forms and other information relating to a planning application online?

Yes, you can view all Wychavon's planning applications online from 1995 to the present day, there are varying amounts of information available depending on the age of the application. Current applications are updated regularly as more information is added to the file.  Applications from 1995 to October 2003 will show the planning register page only.  The planning application search page will allow you to search for a specific planning application.  If you want to view applications in general then the weekly list application search may be more useful to you.  This provides information on applications validated or determined week by week for the past 12 weeks.

Please note:  Any hard or soft landscaping shown on planning applications may not be part of the application and therefore not part of the approval.  Plans may be amended prior to decision, if unsure please ask.

 

Can I view Planning Committee Agendas and minutes online?

Yes, you can view all items that are to be discussed at planning committee by visiting the Councils online committee pages.  You will be able to view the reports, Agendas and minutes when they are available.

How do I find online planning help and advice?

We have tried to provide as much information as possible within the web pages on a variety of planning topics.  There are guidance leaflets in our Planning Publications section or contact the Customer Service Officers on 01386 565565 between 9am and 5pm, Monday - Friday.

 

Can I make a planning application online?

You can make an online planning application to Wychavon by using the Planning Portal.  We can accept payment online, over the phone or of course by cheque or cash.

 

Can I download application forms?

Yes, all our application forms are on line you can download them, look at our planning forms page.  If you have any problems or need to speak to us please contact us on 01386 565565 between 9am and 5pm, Monday - Friday.  Or email the planning department - planning@wychavon.gov.uk.

 

How long will my application take?

This will depend on the type of application, a Householder application is a six to eight week process.  As part of that process we will notify anyone who's boundary joins the application site and Parish or Town Council. There is a statutory consultation period of 21 days   If it is in a Conservation area or a Listed Building we will advertise in the local press and put a Planning site notice up.  We will notify you that your application is valid and tell you who your Planning Officer is with their direct dial telephone number, also what your planning reference number is.  If the Planning Officer requires further information they will contact you or your Agent if you have an Agent representing you.  As part of the application your Planning Officer will make a site visit and will take photographs for their reference.  You will be able to follow your application on our web site through the Planning search pages.  You can contact your Planning Officer at any time to discuss your application.

To go through any possible issues before you submit your application we suggest that you seek advice from a Planning Officer by putting your proposal in writing, have a look at our leaflet A Guide on Pre-application Advice.

 

What happens if I don't get approval?

Should your application be refused you have the right to go to Appeal within three months of the date of your refusal for householder applications, six months for other application types.  This is dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate, the details and address will be on the back of your refusal document.

You can re-submit your application as many times as you wish, if you reapply within a year you will get a free go provided the applicant is the same and the description is the same.
 

Further Information

If you would like more information about a planning application contact:

Planning Services
Wychavon District Council
Civic Centre
Queen Elizabeth Drive
Pershore
WR10 1PT
Telephone: 01386 565565 - between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
Email: planning@wychavon.gov.uk