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Planning Permission & Permitted Development

Extending Your Home & Permitted Development

Because it is believed the ‘red tape’ involved within the planning system is detrimental to the economy the government are looking at relaxing the rules around permitted development in a hope to assist with this problem. Within existing permitted development rules you can achieve a very good sized extension without requiring planning permission.

The full details are still vague but it is believed that the limits for property extensions will be doubled for a single storey rear extension from 4m to 8m for a detached property and from 3m to 6m for a semi-detached or terraced property. This is measured by the distance from the original dwelling rear wall. There are a handful of other factors involved such as if you have previously extended since 1948, distance to rear boundary, overall size of build and ridge/eaves heights. It’s vital to ask your architect, architectural technologist or designer for guidance and advice to ensure you receive the best service.

Whether you’re simply looking to improve your existing house or carry out major works to one you’re intending to buy, it pays to understand the scope of the available Permitted Development rights. We at DMD Architecture can offer expert advice and guidance on permitted development to ensure you don’t pay more than you have to. Although this looks like you have the potential to create a good sized extension within permitted development, the rules covering the impact of the extension and that on your neighbours, are likely to remain in place.

It is important to remember though that these new proposed changes have not yet come in to effect and hence current limits still apply. Once the rules are relaxed DMD Architecture will provide a detailed user friendly guide to permitted development.

It is therefore vital that you seek professional advice for your proposed extension. At Dylan Morton Design and Architecture we offer comprehensive understanding of the rules and regulations surrounding extensions, renovations, new builds and provide a transparent service with expert knowledge of the planning system. For a free no obligation consultation please contact us.

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