The pre-planning stage of a construction project can sometimes feel daunting for a homeowner. Do you need planning permission? How far can you extend your home? Valid questions that can often be met with conflicting answers. Differing opinions can often confuse a homeowner and may deter some from pursuing their dream home extension.
Not all projects require such a complex planning process. Permitted Development, also known as Lawful Development, allows certain building work to take place without the need for planning permission.
Although it’s not a legal requirement to apply for a lawful development certificate, when it comes to selling the property it is good to have proof that the work completed falls within the regulations for the sake of £86. A Permitted Development application takes eight weeks, like a planning application, to receive a final decision from the local authority. It is important that the client employs a knowledgeable company to design the works to ensure it complies with Permitted Development. There is a risk of the building requiring alterations at a later date if works that have commenced prior to approval do not comply with the Permitted Development guidelines.
Permitted Development allows you to build an extension within the guidelines mentioned on the planning portal without the need for planning permission in the UK.
A terraced house and semi-detached house can be extended up to 3 metres and a detached house up to 4 metres from the original house.
A property in a conservation area can build an extension under Permitted Development providing it complies with the following guidelines:
- Does not have an article 4 direction
- Single storey
- Matching style of the existing property
- Depth of three metres if an a ached property
- Depth of four metres if a detached property
- Meets all the other permitted development limitations
Neighbour Consultation Scheme
The Neighbour Consultation Scheme allows home owners to build a single storey extension of a much greater depth than set out in the Permitted Development rules. This is great news but at the moment is only available up until May 2019!
A terraced house and semi-detached house can be extended up to 6 metres and a detached house up to 8 metres from the original house.
The Neighbour Consultation Scheme, also known as Prior Notification, requires a 21 day period where the neighbours of the property in question have the right to object with valid reasoning as to why the extension must not be built. After this the local authority have a further 21 days to issue the go ahead.
There is no fee for a Prior Notification application, however, once the statutory 42 day period is over, a fee will be payable for a lawful development certificate, which takes eight weeks to receive a decision.
Join us again for part 3 of our 13 part guide to building a home extension with the wow factor, which look at what types of extensions are available.