How long does it take to apply and gain approval within a conservation area?
It can be difficult to provide a precise timeframe for gaining approval, as the number of applications that LBHF are processing can create a backlog. However, having submitted approximately 300 planning applications so far to a wide range of local planning authorities, we can provide some rough guidelines.
Preparing the application – 2-3 weeks
This is the time needed to gather the information, prepare the application in line with the conservation area’s requirements, and submit it to the planning authority.
Assessing the application – 8 weeks
This is the timeframe that the planning authority must return their decision within. However, it’s important to note that the countdown will only begin once the application has been validated as containing all the necessary information.
If a planning authority has a large backlog, they may delay this validation process to buy themselves time. They can also extend the decision date by requesting additional information. These factors can alter the time taken to assess and approve an application. Unfortunately, they are also completely out of the control of the applicant.