Procedures for householder developments and tree work applications were altered on 1 October 2008.
This affects extensions, house alterations and paving over of front gardens.
Permitted development rights for all householder developments were altered on 1 October 2008.
The new legislation changes the criteria for permitted development, i.e. development which does not require planning permission. Controls were introduced on paving over of front gardens, with planning permission required for any new area of hardstanding over 5 sq.m, unless the surface allows water to drain away naturally.
'The Planning Portal' has developed visual guides for householders which outline common household projects.
Explore the Planning Portal's Interactive House Guidance on semi-detached house for guidance on many common householder projects, including home micro-generation, in England.
Explore the Planning Portal's Interactive Terrace Guidance relating to flats, shops and basements as well as many common householder projects, in England.
Tree work legislation
Under the new legislation, it is now mandatory that all tree work applications be made on a national tree work application form.
After 1 October 2008, any application which is not submitted on the national tree work application form, or is incomplete, or fails to include the required documentation, will be invalid.
Applicants will have the choice of submitting their application on a paper or electronic form. The electronic form is hosted by the Planning Portal.
In line with this new legislation, the national tree work application form (and guidance notes) are now available for download below.
If you require assistance, please contact London Borough of Hillingdon Contact Centre on 01895 250230.