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Planning Permission for Steel Buildings

Steel framed buildings are mostly commonly used for industrial, commercial, or agricultural purposes. Planning permission requirements are subject to various criteria and are also dependent on the building's final use. Before your steel building can be erected you need to ensure you have the proper steel building planning permission in place.

We can offer all the support you need to start your planning application off on the right track. Acting as your planning agent, we will survey the site, draw up plans, submit everything to the local council on your behalf and engage in communication with the case officer.

You can involve us at the start of the process and let us handle everything, or use our expertise for specific tasks, such as carrying out a feasibility study.

Our Planning Permission Services for Steel Framed Buildings

Offering advice, preparation and submission of applications:

Permitted Development Applications, prices start from £997.00 plus Local Authority fees, OS Map prices from £25.00 and additional surveys if required

Pre-Planning Applications, prices start from £997.00 plus Local Authority pre-app fee, OS Map prices from £25.00 and additional surveys if required

Full Planning Applications, prices start from £1,440.00 plus Local Authority fee, OS Map prices from £25.00 and additional surveys if required

Other surveys and assessments may be required and are not included as standard for example, Fire Risk Assessments, Bat Surveys, Environmental Noise Assessments, Heritage Impact Assessments, Topographical Surveys, Flood Risk Assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments, Contaminated Land Assessments

Dealing with appeals against the refusal of Planning Permission

Carrying out an Environmental Impact Assessment

Carrying out policy research

Obtaining any necessary certificates of lawfulness

The planning permission that will be required will vary from building to building, area to area. It’s best to give us a call and our steel building consultants can advise you on the best approach to take based on your steel building project.

By law, in the majority of circumstances, you need official authority to build. This is usually in the form of a Full Planning Application. To get that, you must make an application for to your local planning authority (LPA). They will inspect your plans and supporting documents and assess whether the building specifications meet the required standards. Based on that, they might grant permission, ask for changes to be made to the plans, or refuse permission.

We understand that for some, applying for planning can be a daunting experience or simply a time-consuming process you could do without. We get it. And we can be on hand to help. At Saxby Hatfield we are experts in planning permission for steel framed buildings, experts in getting it right and getting you the building, you need.

Speak to our steel building consultants before you buy your steel building, and they can advise you on the services we can offer that best suit your situation.

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When is Planning Permission Not Required for a Steel Building?

There are a few exceptions to the requirement for full planning permission for steel buildings, these are known as permitted development rights. This type of development is planning permission granted by national legislation without the need to submit a full planning application to your LPA.

It is important to make sure that the local planning authority have not removed some of your permitted development rights by issuing an 'Article 4' direction. This would mean that a full planning application would then be needed for your steel building which normally doesn't require planning permission.

Article 4 directions are made when the character of an area of acknowledged importance would be threatened. They are most common in conservation areas. You will probably know if your area is affected by such a direction, but you can check with the local planning authority if you are not sure.

Steel Building Permitted Development Services

Most permitted development rights are subject to conditions and limitations whether that's for an industrial steel building or agricultural shed. Therefore, it's important to check carefully if your proposed steel building requirements meet the set criteria.

If you're about to embark on a new steel building project or looking to extend an existing steel framed building and you are unsure of whether it falls under permitted development rights, our steel building experts can draw up your steel building proposal and review it against the permitted development criteria to determine whether your industrial or agricultural steel building meets the requirements based on the proposed use.

For example, the erection, extension or alteration of an industrial building or warehouse can qualify for permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, although the steel building must be within the curtilage of an existing industrial building or warehouse and the gross floor space must not exceed 110% of the original building or 500 square metres (whichever is lesser).

Planning Prior Approval for Steel Buildings

Certain classes of steel buildings will require an application of 'Prior Approval' or sometimes referred to as a Permitted Development Application. These applications are mostly required for Agricultural buildings and are designed to allow the local planning authority time to consider the proposal and understand their likely impacts in regard to certain factors (e.g., transport and highways) and how these may be mitigated.

It is important that work does not begin until the LPA has issued it's determination, however, these applications tend to be actioned quickly, as the name suggests it is 'permitted development' and many will receive deemed consent if the time period for a determination to be issued expires.

Class A – agricultural development on units of 5 hectares or more
Class B – agricultural development on units of less than 5 hectares

We realise that for some, applying and understanding the planning process can be a daunting experience or simply just a time-consuming process you can do without. We get it - and we can be on hand to help. At Saxby Hatfield we are experts in planning permission for steel framed buildings, experts in getting it right and getting you the building, you need.

Had Planning Permission Refused for Your Steel Building? - Perhaps your planning application has been turned down and you intend to appeal, you can speak to our experts. In a world where planning regulations and requirements are becoming ever more complex, having someone knowledgeable of planning permission for a steel building and experienced in your corner can be a huge help. We've completed many planning applications, and if you ask us to do it you will free yourself from the potential headache and stress.

Want To Know More About Planning Permission for Steel Buildings? - We're experts when it comes to large or complex agricultural and industrial steel framed building. If you want more information about planning for your steel building, don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Meet Our Steel Building Planning Consultants

Saxby Hatfield Steel Building Consultants provide a range of services for business owners, local authorities, loss adjusters, large corporations and domestic clients looking to progress their steel building projects. Our experienced team utilise their 30 years in the steel building industry to offer the best solutions and advice.

Peter Lovegrove - As Director of Saxby Hatfield, Peter provides his specialist insight to identify and build an in-depth understanding of our client's steel building requirements, and then ensures those requirements are met through detailed planning and innovative solutions. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Peter has been involved in a wide variety of steel building projects and dealt with a diverse range of clients, giving him a unique perspective on any project.

Charlotte Turner - An important but often overlooked element of any steel building project, is the role that Building Regulations, Health & Safety and practicality have on steel building design. Our steel building regulations design and management team, overseen by our Chief Operating Officer, Charlotte Turner, aim to implement building and planning regulatory compliance into the steel buildings we design. This approach ensures that regulatory compliance isn't a constraining factor to the design of your steel building.

David Lovegrove - David utilises his over 30 years experience in steel building construction and management to ensure that the construction of your steel building runs smooth and hassle free, allowing you to focus on what you do best.

Simon Carr - Our principal design engineer, Simon, uses purpose built software and his in-depth technical capabilities to provide clients with initial steel building concepts, 3D imaging and detailed planning and building regulation drawings to help inform decisions on both the design and practical elements of a steel building project.

Contact us for an informal discussion about your requirements, or for more information about our steel building consulting services or our company. Following initial consultation we can provide an outline proposal detailing how we can help and the costs involved.

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