You can often extend or add to your house without the need to apply for planning permission provided you meet a set of limits and conditions.
Whether you’re simply looking to improve your existing house or carry out major works to a property you’re intending to buy, it pays to understand the scope of the available Permitted Development (PD) Rights.
What is allowed under permitted development applies largely to the dimensions of the proposed extension, its position on the house and its proximity to your boundaries
In order to carry out work under permitted development the work must strictly conform to the current criteria, so it does make sense to either check with your local authority before carrying out the works or have a qualified surveyor confirm that they are in order.
The following amendments to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) have been published and come into force on the 30th May 2013. In brief, the key changes include allowing the following without the need for planning permission.
· Larger single storey rear extensions to residential properties
· Larger extensions to industrial and warehousing premises, shops and offices
· Conversions between office and residential uses
· More flexible uses of shops, offices, residential institutions and agricultural buildings
· Easier conversion of premises for school uses
· Telecom installations in conservation areas
With regards to Home Extensions the amendments are as follows;
- The amendments come into force on the 30th May 2013 and will expire currently on the 30th May 2016.
- The amendments do not apply if the dwelling/house is on article 1(5). Article 1(5) land’ – is land within a National Park, the Broads, an area of outstanding natural beauty, an area designated as a conservation area, and land within World Heritage Sites.
- Extension has to be single storey.
- Can extend beyond the rear wall of the original dwelling/house by no more than 8 metres for a detached dwelling and 6 metres in any other case.
- Can not exceed 4 metres in height.
Before development is commenced, the developer must provide the following to the local planning authority.
- A written description of the proposed development. This must include;
- How far the enlarged part of the dwelling/house extends beyond the rear wall of the original dwelling/house;
- The maximum height of the enlarged part of the dwelling/house; and
- The height of the eaves of the enlarged part of the dwelling/house;
- A plan indicating the site and showing the proposed development.
- The addresses of any adjoining premises.
- The developer’s contact address and email address if the developer wishes to communicate electronically.
Once the above criteria has been submitted to the local planning authority (LPA), they will then notify any adjoining neighbours about the proposed development by serving them a notice. This will include measurements of the proposal.
The neighbours will then have 21 days from the date of the notice to make any representations to the LPA.
If any objection is received from an adjoining neighbour, prior approval of the LPA is then required as to the impact of the proposed development on the amenity of any adjoining premises.
The development shall not be commenced before one of the below is received;
- the receipt by the developer from the local planning authority of a written notice that their prior approval is not required;
- the receipt by the developer from the local planning authority of a written notice giving their prior approval; or
the expiry of 42 days following the date on which the developer proposal information was received by the local planning authority without the local planning authority notifying the developer as to whether prior approval is given or refused.
For a more in-depth review into the recent changes to Permitted Development right see the link below, or contact your local planning department.