When undergoing building work, whether constructing a completely new structure or planning property refurbishments or property extensions, it is important to make sure projects have necessary permissions. Having been working as builders for many years, we have extensive knowledge of every aspect of construction, providing expert advice and ensuring all work in Pulborough and Arundel adheres to regulations and controls. As industry specialists, we even carry out sympathetic and compliant listed building renovations.


Planning permission is in place to deter inappropriate development. This means that new buildings, or significant alterations to existing properties, usually require approval. Many smaller works and property refurbishments fall under permitted development, but it is always important to check.

When do I need planning permission?


If building work involves creating a new dwelling, it will normally require planning permission. This includes constructing new builds as well as subdividing existing homes. Projects in conservation areas or work to protected properties, such as listed building renovations, are also likely to need approval.


Smaller additions, alterations and improvements, including property extensions and property refurbishments, often fall under permitted development. This allows homeowners in Pulborough and the surrounding areas to carry out minor work without prior permission.


For expert advice tailored to your individual needs, please contact us and our builders will be more than happy to offer further information.


How long does it take?


Local authorities should assess planning applications within 10-12 weeks. Most straightforward domestic applications will be dealt with in this time. The process includes a public consultation which takes 3-8 weeks.


What factors are considered in planning decisions?


Local authorities take into account a number of factors when deciding whether or not to grant planning permission. This can include:


• Loss of Privacy

• Overshadowing

• Parking

• Traffic

• Noise

• Impact of Listed Building Renovations

• Design, Appearance & Materials

• Disabled Access

• Nature Conservation

• Previous Planning Decisions


Because some building work, such as large property extensions, can impact surrounding buildings, neighbours are consulted and invited to comment.


What if my application is rejected?


Around 75% of planning applications are accepted in England. If rejected, customers in Pulborough can either amend the application, addressing the reasons for refusal, or you can appeal the decision.


Can I continue without permission?


As professional builders committed to providing the highest standards of service, we do not carry out building work without relevant planning permission. While not illegal, without consent, the local planning authority can take action to have work altered or demolished. This can result in considerable monetary loss as well as major disruption to your home.


It is important to note that listed building renovations and other works to protected properties must have necessary permission because unapproved work to these buildings is a criminal offence.


If you need reliable builders in Pulborough and the surrounding areas, contact our office on 01903 882904 or call Andy on 07881 807485, or Keith on 07533 277161.

Arundel & South Downs Renovations Ltd
Arundel & South Downs Renovations Ltd