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extensions Warrington Cheshire

extensions Warrington Cheshire
extensions Warrington Cheshire
extensions Warrington Cheshire
extensions Warrington Cheshire

Changes in permitted development to boost economy

This week the government have announced they are consulting on making changes to permitted development rights, which would allow home owners to extend further to the rear of their property without the need for full planning permission.

Permitted development is not a new thing and homeowners have always had the ability to extend their home without the need for full planning permission, the current permitted development rights allow:

Extensions to the rear of the property, up to 3 metres for semi detached properties and terraces and up to 4 metres for detached properties.

Under current permitted development you can also extend your property to the side by up to half the width of the existing property, so for example if your current home measures 6 metres across the front then permitted development would allow a 3 metre wide extension.

The proposed changes to the Permitted development rights note that rear extensions to semi detached properties could be up to 6 metres and 8 metres of detached properties, effectively doubling the current parameters.

Permitted development only applies to single storey ground floor extensions.

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Although permitted development rights remove the need for full planning permission, we always recommend home owners apply for what is known as a Certificate of Lawfulness if their proposed development falls within the parameters of permitted development this is mainly because of two things, firstly if you suddenly start building an extension on your property one weekend, it has been known that the first thing your neighbour does on Monday morning is rings the planning department and informs them you are building without planning permission. The planning department will then send an enforcement officer out to see what your doing so they can respond to the neighbours concerns. If a certificate of lawfulness had been obtained on your development, the local authority would have a record of this on their system and would simply advise your neighbour of this without the need to send enforcement to your property.

The main reason we recommend applying for permitted development is so that when you come to sell your property you are not faced with problems and have to apply retrospectively for consent.

If you change your home by extending it or converting the roof space and you then in the future sell the property, the solicitors acting for the buyer will want you to be able to provide all the paperwork for the change, this includes Planning Permission and Building Control Approval certificates. Solicitors don’t accept you just telling them it was permitted development without the paperwork to prove it.

I extended my own home this year and despite me knowing it was permitted development, I still applied for a Lawful Development Certificate for the above reasons.

A Lawful Development Application is 50% cheaper than applying for full Planning Permission, currently the application fee for Planning Permission is £150.00, a lawful development application planning fee is £75.00.

Permitted Development does not remove the need for building control approval, have a look under our FAQ page for more information on Building Control.

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