Argyll and Bute Council launches planning permission advice service

Posted on 15th November 2012

Argyll and Bute Council has launched a new advice service aimed at helping local homeowners work out whether their home improvement plans need planning permission or not.

According to, ‘Planning for Firm Foundations’ will provide free, expert help to all who get in touch. Whilst plans to lay real wood flooring or update a bathroom can typically be undertaken without permission, those who wish to erect a conservatory or add an extension may need clearance first.

A local councillor, Sandy Taylor, explained exactly what those who wish to use the service should do. He explained: “People who are thinking about a building or renovation project should seek the advice of our planning professionals, sending a copy of initial drawings or a written description of their proposals using our downloadable form to our planning officers.

“We will get back to you with an initial view, confirming if you need planning permission,” he added.

Taylor, who is also the chairman of the council’s planning, protective services and licensing (PPSL) committee, revealed that many people are now considering using heat pumps or solar panelling to reduce their energy bills and carbon emissions. However he reiterated the importance of getting the council’s advice prior to making such a big investment.

“My advice is to always check with your local planning office,” he concluded on

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