15 March 2017

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Permitted development rights, which stem from a general planning consent granted not by the local authority but by parliament, generally allow you to add space and value to your home without the need to spend time and money obtaining planning consent, but what is permitted?

The history of your house must be checked before undertaking any external alternations, in order to determine whether your permitted development rights have been removed by the council as the local planning authority.

  • Restrictions - If your permitted development rights have been removed, you will have to submit a planning application for any alterations that you want to make to your property that would not normally require the council’s consent. It is highly recommended that you check with the local planning authority before making any alterations.

  • Garage conversion - Many homeowners choose to convert the garage into an additional bedroom or bathroom, and the good news is that consent is generally not required for a garage conversion, providing the work is internal and does not involve enlarging the building.

  • Loft conversion - You can usually make alterations to your loft without submitting an application for planning permission as long as the size allowance is not exceeded (check your local council’s website). No extension should be higher than the highest part of the roof or extend beyond the plane of the existing roof slope, while materials used should be similar in appearance to those used on the existing house. Balconies or raised platforms are generally not allowed without planning permission.

  • Extension - An extension or addition to your house is an ideal way to add space and value to your home. A rear or side extension is often considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, especially if it is a single-storey extension of no more than four metres tall and as long as it is no more than half the area of land around the ‘original house’.

  • Outbuildings - Standard size garages, sheds and other outbuildings are generally considered to be permitted development.

  • If in doubt, check it out - Permitted development rights can be complex and so if you are in any doubt you should seek further information on permitted development rights by visiting the Planning Portal.


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