Planning law refers to the legal rights of landowners to have the legal controls to use and develop their property freely, in the interests of the wider community. It establishes what developments people are allowed to carry out, and the restrictions on what they can use their property for.
In order to build something new, make a major change or even change the use of a building, planning permission is usually required. This is because the authorities need to ensure that the project is suitable, and won’t have a negative effect on the surrounding area. Planning permission is not normally needed for industrial premises, demolitions or outdoor signs, except in certain circumstances. It is highly important to ensure you check the planning law to see if you need planning permission before you begin any developments, because otherwise you may have to undo any changes that you have made.
The planning law also helps to ensure that if any complaints are made, they are fully evaluated before a decision is made, in order to check their validity. This concerns both local opposition to planning permission, and appeals if planning permission is denied. This is an important aspect, because often people may object to a local development, even though it has no negative implications on them and their own property, simply because they don’t want to have another property nearby.