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Planning Permission not Required

You have a right to alter your home. You do not need planning permission in certain building circumstances. However, the law reserves that right to certain sections of your original home. These are your Permitted Development Rights.

If you have no clue about what your rights are in regards to home improvement, then perhaps you have the best shot to understand them.

The business of applying for planning permission is not as straightforward as you think. It is usually frustrating. If you are faint-hearted enough, you may end despairing seeking the permission from relevant authorities to go on with your project.

Giving up is not an option. Because it can put you between a rock and a very hard place. On the one hand, you want to use shady means to achieve your end. On the other hand, you have no choice but tackle the law head-on. You can also avoid the hassles and costs of legally acquiring a building permit.

The process of getting planning permission can get on your nerve if you are impatient enough. Not only must you wait for more than one-and-half month but also the local planning authorities can add you more requirements. Sadly, you have to comply with those requirements.

Sure, your job can become more complex if you live in an Article 4 Direction Area and if your property is listed. When you mull over all these requirements, you become frustrated. Though, the good news is that you can always add value to your home stress-freely.

Let us look at some of the ways you improve your home without legal struggles. Here they are!

1. Convert Attics

You can convert idle space in your attics to add more space. Planning permission may be unnecessary. Thus, you have the freedom to add dormer windows to give more headroom for your loft. The roof peak should be higher than the height of dormer windows from the attic floor. Also, the windows should not protrude beyond the plane of the roof on the principal elevation. Pay attention not to exceed a material volume of 40 cubic metres, though.

No need for planning permission for converting lofts
Above: An attic that has been beautifully converted into a bedroom

2. Create Double-Storey Extensions

As long as you build a double-storey extension at the back of your original house, you do not need planning permission. Thus, you can add a second floor on top of an existing storey, too. However, the double storey should not be deeper than 3m. Alternatively, it should not be closer than 7m from the rear boundary. Check whether there exceptions to the glazing of windows.

3. Build Conservatories

You do not need a planning permission to build an orangery or a conservatory. I think the same rules of single-storey extensions apply to orangeries and conservatories.

Planning permission is a lw requirement
Above: The law has provisions for permitted development

4. Construct Outbuildings

You can choose to attach an outhouse such as shed or garage to an existing building. Alternatively, you can detach the outbuilding from your original house. However, the area of the outhouse should not exceed the more than 50 percent of the total area of your compound.

Furthermore, your outhouse should be in front of the principal elevation. Also, if you have a dual pitch roof, then maximum height should be 4m. For other roofs, the height should not exceed 2.5m. However, the roof should not exceed 2.5m if the outbuilding is within 2m from the perimeter of the main house.

No need for planning permission to extend garages and sheds
Above: No need for planning permission to extend garages and sheds

5. Merge Two Houses

You can construct one large house by merging two disjoint houses. For example, you can merge a pair of semis or flats into a single property. You do not require planning permission. However, if you wish to split your home into two, then you have to apply for a statutory consent.

We have learned some of the tricks to increase property’s value without spending any penny and effort on legal issues. Even though there are some provisos, it easier to meet them than to wait frustratingly long enough for a planning decision.

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