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Planning applications

Planning applications for Swanmore Parish are updated regularly and can be viewed by clicking on this link: Winchester Planning Applications Online (opens in a new window).

Applying for planning permission

A number of changes to the planning application process were made in 2008. If you are thinking of applying for planning permission, it is worthwhile familiarising yourself with how the process has changed. All of the relevant information is available on the Winchester City Council’s Planning pages (opens in a new window).

As an aid to Swanmore residents, the following is offered as a guide to the changes, how they might apply to you, and the role that Swanmore Parish Council plays in local planning applications.

Changes to planning regulations

1APP: the National Planning Application Form

In 2008, the UK adopted a single form of planning application, known as 1APP. You can access the form that suits your intended development, together with help on how to fill in your form from the Planning Portal website, see below.

One of the changes that 1APP has brought is the need for local consultation. Depending on the nature of your intended development, your form may ask you to confirm that you have consulted with the local community. Swanmore Parish Council would encourage you to discuss your plans with your neighbours before submitting your application to Winchester District Council.

In most circumstances, Swanmore Parish Council is happy to comment on your application after it has been registered by Winchester District Council. However, if your application involves more than a single house, we would ask you to bring your proposed ideas, sketches and site plans to the next Planning and Highways Committee meeting, having sent an e-mail to the Parish Clerk.

Permitted Developments

In October 2008, new regulations came into force that allow some types of developments, including extensions to houses, roof alterations and outbuildings to take place without planning permission.

If you have any queries on whether you need planning permission, there is a very useful interactive guide to be found at the Planning Portal Guide (opens in new window). However, works exempt from planning permission may still require Building Control approval - details can be found on the Planning Portal website (opens in a new window). Swanmore Parish Council strongly advises you to contact Winchester City Council Planning Department if you have any doubt about the need for planning or building control approval.

The regulations introduced in 2008 presented a number of “grey areas” that made it difficult to interpret what constituted a “permitted development”, both for applicants and planning authorities. In August 2010, a new and much clearer set of guidelines were produced, named Permitted Development for householders – technical guidance (England). The full 49 page document can be accessed via the Permitted Development for Householders PDF from the Planning Portal Website (PDF - opens in new window). It is conveniently broken down into different types of development, so you won’t need to plough through the entire guidance to find out if your development can be carried out without planning permission.


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