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  • Neil Harrison

Planning application refused - keep can get sorted!

Updated: Jun 11, 2023

New research out recently reveals the trend to improve our homes with an extension or renovation is on the up.. up...up since the first lockdown. Some 41% of homeowners are now undertaking a wide range of varied home projects. Many such projects do, of course, involve getting appropriate planning permission, despite the recent easing of various planning requirements !

We, at Mint Builders have a first class home project contact network throughout Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds, which means we can always support and guide all potential clients with all aspects of home extension, renovation or well-planned re-organisation projects - including obtaining any planning permission required to carry them out.

right permission

Ensuring the right planning application guidance is followed, of course, is very much a fundamental of many overall projects. For sure, it is important that, if needed, the right planning permission is in place right at the start.

Recently, we at Mint have heard of late about the odd refused application locally and our Editor spotted online recently some useful potted guidance and advice from the ever informative HomeOwners Alliance team about the whole planning refusal issue. They offered various steps and options to take or consider if your planning application gets the thumbs down!

no panic

The HOA point out that an initial ‘no-go’ to your application should not cause panic. It is not the end of the road - and they suggest it’s all about keeping calm and taking considered steps to get things sorted without too many tears.

time consuming

The HOA team ponder that at times applying for planning permission for a renovation or extension can be a time consuming and often arduous task. They point out .... “More than one in four (27%) homeowners say planning permission issues are a stumbling block to progressing with renovation plans. Therefore, it can be extremely frustrating if your application is refused. However, this does not always mean the end of the road for your project. You have a number of options.”

two options

The HOA team mention that if it’s looking likely that your application is going to be turned down and there is no way of salvaging it during the application process, you have one of two options. You can either withdraw it and re-submit a revised version or you can allow it to progress to refusal and then appeal.

on condition

It can also be the case that you might be able to have your plans passed on the condition that you address whatever issue has come to light. If this happens, adds the HOA, you will have to show, within whatever time frame given, that you have made the necessary changes. Alternatively, the local planning authority may grant permission subject to conditions.


Also, if your planning application is refused and you feel the decision is unfair, you are able to launch an appeal. You must lodge your appeal within three months. In any event, if you are refused planning permission, start by speaking to the planning officer dealing with your case at the local planning authority and be sure to check for exact clarification as to what the problem might be.

look forward

All the HOA ‘keep calm and sort it out’ advice is here - and we at Mint look forward to helping too if you need us. Remember... keep calm ..get advice ........consider key points made to you carefully and to be fair we have found in most times things will work out just fine.

We at Mint Builders are, of course, here to help locally with all kinds of questions and ideas relating to the priority planning and organisation of your spacious well-planned new home extension or renovation for Summer and Autumn 2021. We have the expert contacts on hand to ensure your project gets sorted exactly as it should be...and at a price that works for you!

Feel free to request our project planning and quotation visit to refurbish or extend your home for more 'liveability' and increased future sales value in these vaccination focused Covid crisis times. Contact Mint Builders on 07734 211958 or email

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