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Industry Insights | Planning Validation Timescales you need to know.

Updated: Jan 4, 2022

Looking at starting your Architecture Project in 2022? You need to read this!

At ICI Architecture Studio we are all about sharing information and being as transparent as possible in everything that we do.

As an industry demand for Architectural Services are off the scale with more and more customers looking to expand their homes, invest in their businesses or even launching companies!

This reflected in the statistics with a staggering 52% increase in planning applications being submitted in comparison to the same period in 2020.

As a result of this huge demand it is naturally placing local authorities under great amount of pressure to process applications which is resulting in delays for applicants across the UK.

So what happens when a planning application is submitted?

When an application is submitted in for planning in goes through several stages. This includes a Validation Process, Consultation Period and finally a decision notice complete with reports.

How long is the validation period usually?

The majority of local authorities aim for applications to be registered within 10 working days however with the impacts of Covid-19 and together with high demands for Architectural Services this has resulted in delays across the network.

What happens after the validation period?

Once an application has been validated it typically takes around 8-12 weeks for an application to be processed and a decision notice to be produced.

What is the situation at the moment?

We are noticing significant delays across the network at the moment and some areas of the country are more affected than others.

The majority of areas are experiencing delays of around 3-4 weeks to validate applications.

Important information for Businesses & Home Owners within Stafford Borough.

For businesses and homeowners located within Stafford Borough they are facing significantly longer delays of up to 11 weeks for applications to be processed and registered.

How we are helping?

We are doing everything we can to support our clients and the local authorities through these busy periods.

For our clients ICI Architecture Studio will remain in constant contact with local authorities (so you don't need to) to ensure our clients applications are processed as smoothly as possible and share updates as soon as we hear information back.

As we operate across the UK we may discuss multiple applications that are located within the same area during the same phone call to reduce the volume of calls and demands on local authority services.

Have a project in mind that you are looking to get started in 2022?

Whether you are looking at converting your garage or expanding your business we can help!

All of our initial consultations are free of charge with no obligation to use any of our services.

Book your FREE Initial consultation today.

Email or call 01260 602 005.

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