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About Extending your House

About extending your house

Why move house? You can extend and remodel your existing house and it will far cheaper and less difficult than you might think.
At Homeplan Designs, with our longstanding expertise in the planning rules of England and Wales, we can help. What you probably don’t realise is that some extensions do NOT require Planning Permission.
Most houses have ‘permitted development rights’ (PD.). This means that Non of the delays that a planning application, (taking more than 2 months), apply.
What these PD rules mean is that you could be starting to build your extension in less than 2 to 3 weeks. However, you do need a design that suites your requirements for the extra living space you have decided to build. We are able to help with all aspects of this. From the style of your extension (ie contemporary, Edwardian, Victorian or even a mix), to the actual physical build of making sure it complies to all the current specifications under the approved building regulation documents. The standards that are needed for all buildings in England and Wales.
Building an extension can be quite straightforward – and a new-brick box can certainly be a lower cost way to go than other options. But many extensions don’t flatter the building they’re attached to. A successful extension works with the original house – even though it might be distinctly different in design – so think about the long-term, and allow us to flatter your home with good architecture.

Study Your Neighbourhood
Once you’ve decided to extend, even before you might contact us, the first step should be to get inspiration. It’s a great excuse to snoop on the neighbours, so be bold and ask if you can take a look at the extensions other people in your area have built recently, especially on homes of a similar style and age to yours. Remember to think critically about what you see, and how it works with the house. It’s also the perfect opportunity to learn from other people’s experiences – ask about how the new space works including issues like:

* Is it the right size and shape, now it’s in use?
* Is it adequately heated in winter and ventilated in summer?
* Is there anything they wish they had done differently?
* Is there anything that makes it really successful?

Remember that although you may be able to extend without the need to apply for planning permission under the permitted development rights. The additions to your home that pre-date your occupancy may leave you with less space to develop or extend than a neighbour might have had. Check out our extension rules articles for more.

More On Extensions
When you’re extending your home or converting the loft, you often won’t need planning permission, as the permitted development rights give you the green light. But how big an extension or loft conversion can you create under the rules?

In 2008, the government changed the planning regulations to allow many more household projects to go ahead without the need to apply for planning permission. At that time Housing and Planning Minister Caroline Flint said, ‘The new rules will cut out planning permission for about 80,000 households a year…saving as much as £1,000 in some cases.’

You must remember, though, the rules don’t mean that you can just go ahead and extend with impunity. It’s important to follow the guidelines on size, position and design if you don’t want the hassle and expense of applying for planning permission. That’s were we come in. At Homeplan Designs we know the rules back to front, in fact we specialise in producing house extension plans that can be be pre-approved and ready to build in about 2 weeks.
We have set up a subsidiary company Quickhouseextensionplans.com (QuickPlan for short), to do just that. Check out our sister website at
Www.Quickhouseextensionplans.com
Also remember, that if you live in a listed building, or World Heritage Site, Conservation Area, National Park, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or the Norfolk or Suffolk Broads then your rights are different, so you’ll need to check with your local authority when you’re extending in one of those areas, again we can help you with this.

You Can only Extend Without Planning Permission when your property has got full ‘PD’ rights?
These rules only apply to houses, so if you live in a flat or maisonette we are afraid you will need to obtain planning permission. Check out government advice on the government’s planning portal.

You can extend without an application for planning permission so long as you don’t cover more than half the area of land around the original house. For planning purposes ‘original house’ means as it was first built, or as it stood at 1 July 1948 if it’s older than that. Don’t forget, too, that any existing extension by the house’s previous owner(s) counts towards the total allowance.

Your extension shouldn’t be forward of the principal elevation of the house, ie the front, but also shouldn’t be forward of the side of the house if this is what fronts the road.

Terraced Houses
A single-storey or more than one storey rear extension can go a maximum of 3m beyond the rear wall of the original house. The maximum height of a single storey extension is 4m.

Loft conversions can have a maximum volume of 40 cubic metres (and any additions by the previous owners count towards this).

Semi-Detached Houses
A single-storey or more than one storey rear extension can go a maximum of 3m beyond the rear wall of the original house. The maximum height of a single storey extension is 4m.

Loft conversions can have a maximum volume of 50 cubic metres (and any additions by the previous owners count towards this). Note that this reduces to 40 cubic metres on a terrace or quasi semi

Detached Houses
A single-storey rear extension can extend to a maximum of 4m beyond the rear wall of the original house; if it’s more than one storey, the upper level can only go to a maximum of 3m. The maximum height of a single storey extension is 4m.
Again Loft conversions can have a maximum volume of 50 cubic metres (and any additions by the previous owners count towards this).

Even More PD Extension Rules

A two storey extension (or single storey extension to a bungalow) can’t be higher than the highest part of the roof, and two storey extensions must be a minimum of 7m away from the rear boundary. Side extensions need to be single storey, a maximum of 4m high to To top of roof slope and no more than half the width of the original house. You’ll also need to follow the rules on roof pitches, eaves heights and materials used.

Other Loft Conversion PD Conditions
You need to bear in mind that you can’t extend beyond the plane of the roof slope on the side of the house that faces the main road, or go higher than the existing roof. There are also requirements on materials, side-facing window glazing and setting back the extension to the roof.

Check With Your Local Authority
Councils can amend the permitted development rights, using what are known as article 4 directions. This can usually happen on a new small housing development. So as to control where extensions are built on what could be an open area site ie where there are no boundary walls or hedges or un unlevel building lines. So always check what’s allowed in your area before you start work or get us at Homeplan Designs to do it for you.
ring Chris at Home plan designs telephone 01253 737724

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