After you make a planning application

Step 2 - the application is publicised

We will tell your neighbours about any planning application you make. It is both polite and wise, therefore, to tell them what you plan to do. It may be best that they hear from you first.

Neighbours may support or object in writing or email to any planning application. Their views are taken into account when the application is assessed.

If your proposal would overshadow a window that has been there for 20 years or more, you may affect your neighbour's "right to light" and they could take legal action against you. This is a private matter that will not be dealt with by us. It is best to take legal advice if you think this is a possibility.

If your proposal encroaches onto neighbouring land, for example by the eaves or guttering overhanging a boundary, you may not be able to proceed without your neighbour's agreement, even if you have planning permission.

Similarly, you will need your neighbour's consent if your builder will need to enter their land at any stage.

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 may be relevant if you intend to carry out building work which involves:

  • work on an existing wall shared with another property
  • building on the boundary with a neighbouring property
  • excavating near an adjoining building

If there is any doubt about where the boundary lies between your land and your neighbour's you should try to find out as soon as possible.

The deeds to your property may help. An friendly common-sense agreement with your neighbour is always best. We cannot give a ruling on ownership and therefore we will not intervene in this private matter.

A list of all planning applications received is also published on a weekly basis. This is made available on the web for public inspection at the Civic Offices, Grays.