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FAQ: Planning Permission - Starting Work

Please see the list below for answers to frequently asked questions regarding planning permission and starting work:

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When does work need to start after planning permission is granted?

Planning permission expires after a certain period. Generally, unless your permission says otherwise, you have three years from the date it's granted to begin the development.

If you haven't started work by then, you will probably need to reapply or apply to extend the permission before it expires.

You can learn more on in our Planning Applications section.

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Can planning permission be overturned?

There is no third party right of appeal in England and Wales. Only the applicant can make an appeal against a granted planning application.

This means you cannot appeal a planning application decision which you have not submitted yourself.

If you have concerns over the process the local planning authority followed to make its decision, you can complain to the Local Government Ombudsman.

However, the Ombudsman cannot investigate a complaint just because you do not agree with the decision.

In addition, the Ombudsman has no power to alter the decision, even if the local authority administration has not been entirely correct.

Learn more about having your say on planning applications.

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