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PLANNING PERMISSION

You may have heard that the Government is considering changes to the current planning regulations from 2013 - a 3 year relaxation in the rules to allow more household building and extension projects to go ahead without the need to apply for planning permission.  These changes, though widely anticipated,  are not enacted yet and there are a number of hurdles that the government is looking to overcome - not least to consider the views of neighbours to help maintain harmony and good community relations.

In the meantime the existing rules apply. At 3D builders we can advise you if planning regulations will apply to your project and indeed manage the process for you as part of our 4 Step approach to hassle free building. Keep in mind that even if your project does not require planning permission current Building Regulations and other Regulations will apply and once again 3D Builders will manage all of this for you.  

Can I extend my house without Planning Permission?

Generally speaking so long as you don't cover more than half the area of land around the original house you can extend without having to apply for planning permission. For planning purposes the original house means as it was first built (or stood at 1st July 1948 if it's older than that). Also any existing extension(s) by you or any previous owner(s) counts towards the total allowance available.

Your proposed extension must not stand forward of the principal elevation of the house, that is the front, but also should not be forward of the side of the house if this is what fronts the road.

I have a Terraced House

A single storey or more than one storey rear extension can go a maximum of 3m beyond the rear wall of the original house. The maximum height of a single storey extension is 4m.

A loft conversion can have a maximum volume of 40 cubic metres (and again any previous conversions count towards this).

I have a Semi Detached House

A single storey or more than one storey rear extension can go to a maximum of 3m beyond the rear wall of the original house. The maximum height of a single storey extension is 4m.

A loft conversion can have a maximum volume of 50 cubic metres (Once again any previous conversions count towards this).

I have a Detached House

A single storey rear extension can extend to a maximum of 4m beyond the rear wall of the original house or if it is more than one storey then the maximum is 3m. The maximum height of a single storey extension is 4m.

A loft conversion can have a maximum volume of 50 cubic metres (as before any previous conversions count towards this).

The rules above apply to houses, so if you live in a flat or maisonette, check out government advice on the government's planning portal.

Also keep in mind that if you live in a listed building, a World Heritage Site, a Conservation Area, a National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or the Norfolk or Suffolk Broads then matters are different and you will need to check with your local authority when you're extending in one of those areas.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER Please note that the information provided on this website is intended as a rough guide and should not be considered a definitive source of legal information.