If you wish to maximise your home’s potential and even add to its value, then you’ve probably considered adding an extension. With the rising cost of property, adding additional rooms is often much more cost effective than relocating and can increase your home’s desirability as well as making it more spacious.
However, it is not a project that should be undertaken lightly. As well as finding a building company with an impeccable reputation, you also have to ensure that you do not breach any planning permission regulations.
The rules around planning permission for extensions have been relaxed a little in recent years, but there can still be a devastating impact if you fail to get things right. Some extensions are permitted builds, meaning that permission does not need to be obtained. However, if you construct something which does need permission without consent, it can result in you being ordered to demolish it.
Do I need planning permission for an extension?
As mentioned, extensions can be classified as permitted developments providing you stick to certain criteria. In England, this provision includes extensions which:
- Do not exceed more than 50 per cent of the original property size.
- Match the appearance of the existing property.
- Do not include balconies, platforms or verandas.
- Are not taller than the highest part of your home’s roof.
- Are not on the side of the property that faces a public road
- Are not be taller than four metres and no wider than the original house if it’s a single story extension.
- Do not extend more than three metres beyond the rear the house for extensions over one story.
The rules for properties in Wales are somewhat different, with terraced houses and properties in national parks only permitted to extend by 50 cubic metres or ten per cent (whichever is the greater) without permission.
Those living in any other type of dwelling cannot extend by more than 15 per cent of 70 cubic metres. They are also not allowed to be closer than 20 metres from the property’s boundary.
Of course, work can still take place if your development does not meet the criteria above, it just means that you will have to go through the property channels in order to obtain planning permission.
At Cameron Butcher, we can assist you with obtaining permission as well as completing drawings, site inspections and the build itself.
We understand that extending your home can be a complex and stressful move so we strive to undertake as much of the project as you require while causing minimal disruption. Please call our team today on 0845 900 5762 if you have a query about planning permission or want to enquire about having an extension built.