Any building, including modular or temporary mobile classrooms, located for more than 28 days requires planning permission.
Some schools can simplify the planning process by checking the options that may be available under permitted development rights. The main purpose of this is to grant planning permission for certain classes of development without the requirement for a planning application to be made. The planning permissions granted are subject to some provisions.
It is important that you have planning approval prior to placing your order with the modular building manufacturer. If planning was refused for any reason you do not want to pay for a modular classroom building that you cannot use. If your project proceedes without proper approval, you can be served an enforcement notice ordering you to undo all the changes you have made. It’s illegal to ignore an enforcement notice, but you can appeal against it.
Our advice is to ensure your local planning authority has been contacted to discuss your proposal before any work begins. They will be able to inform you of any reason why the work may not be permitted and if you need to apply for planning permission for all or part of the work.
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