Just the thought of getting though the Planning Permission procedure may fill you with dread but it will be worth it - imagine having to knock down your finished furnished extension.
It is right that not all building work needs Planning Permission. Whatever you are planning it's always good to get your neighbours on side from the start. Don't let them see the details stuck to their lamp post, from the first idea go round and tell them all about it - they are ones who can make your break your dream!
Research if your build requires Planning Permission, speak to your council, builders and neighbours who have had similar works done.
Some of the times when Planning Permission is not required are listed below:
- Building materials are similar to existing
- Additional footprint does not exceed 50% of the total area of land associated with the house
- Alterations, installations to chimneys, flue or soil and vent pipes.
- New eave height does not exceed existing
- verandas, balconies or raised platforms
- Elevation not onto a highway
- Height does not exceed 4m or have a width greater than half that of the width of the house
- Maximum eaves height is 3m and within 2 metres of the boundary
If you are unsure seek advice, don't risk your time, money and extension.
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