Can I change my plans after getting planning permission?
Yes! You can make minor changes to your plan after getting planning permission as long as these changes do not go against building regulations and planning council conditions. But if you intend to make major alterations to the approved plan, it is vital that you first speak to someone at the local planning authority so that you don’t end up with a planning breach.
Even though developing a property without planning permission is not exactly illegal, it is also not lawful and doing so can put you in trouble with the law. You will also be given an enforcement notice to return the property to its former state and may even pay a fine. However, making changes to a listed building or to a property in a conservation area without proper permission is a criminal offense which can result into criminal prosecution, hefty fines and even imprisonment. It is a better idea to apply and get planning permission approval first before carrying out work on your property. Remember that this may not include loft conversion except where you intend to drastically alter the structure of your house.