WHAT IS PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT AND WHAT IT COVERS?
If your plans fall under permitted development permits, you do not need permission to change or alter your home or build extensions. Here the information given is a brief information, always do a thorough check with your local planning authority and architect.
Sometimes a local council will issue a regulation called the Article 4 Directive, removing permitted development rights. This generally applies to conservation areas; It is also being applied to more modern housing developments.
You need to apply for planning permission for an extension to your house:
- If you want to build your extension closer to the highway than the closest existing part of your house - If more than half the area around the original house will be covered by additions or other buildings - If the extension would be higher than the original house - Any part of the extension would be more than 4 m high and within 2 m of the boundary of your property. - For a terraced house, or any house in a Conservation Area, National Park, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or The Broads, the volume of the original house would be increased by 15% or 50 m3 - For any other type of house, the volume of the original house will be increased by 15% or 70 m3 - In any case, the volume of the original house will be increased by 115 m3.
You must apply for a planning permission for your home's roof works:
- If he work would be higher than any part of your house or higher than the existing roof - If a dormer window or other roof extension would extend in front of the roof plane overlooking a highway - If volume limits for extensions are exceeded.
You must apply for planning permission for a porch if:
- If it has more than 3 m2 exterior plan area - If it is higher than 3 m above the ground - If it would be less than 2 m from the border from the highway.
Detached buildings and other structures
You must apply for a planning permission for detached buildings and other structures on your land:
- If the building will be closer to the highway than your home, unless there is a minimum 20 m between the proposed building and the highway. - If more than half of the area around the original house is already covered by buildings or extensions - If the building will be more than 3 m high or 4 m high if it has a ridged roof - If the proposed building is not for domestic use - If the building or structure would have a volume of more than 10 m3 if your house is a listed building, or is in a Conservation Area, National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or The Broads. The information given here is a brief, general information, every project has its own unique aspects and requirements. Your architect or anyone who will design and supervise your project should be carefully questioned and researched. The main consultant you need to find is someone who will prepare the design, determine the builder's work and possibly administer the construction contract on your behalf. Besides a designer, some projects may require someone to advise on structural changes or someone to deal with difficult planning problems or other professionals with specialized skills. Working with professionals will make you save money and time.
If you need asistance with your project before it starts, contact Moox Design Studio Ltd today for free consultation.
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