Can you see the potential of your home, do you need a little more space? Perhaps you are looking for a new home but what it currently on the market doesn’t quite fit the space you need? The addition of an extension to either a property you own or one you could make improvements to, could unlock the perfect solution.
Take a step back, look at that house and consider how an extension could make it the perfect home. Creating an extension might scare some people and raise several questions; will I need planning permission, do I get a builder in, how much will it cost, what if you don’t get planning permission for the extension? There are lots of things you can do without planning permission, under what is known as Permitted Development under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (“the Order”) as amended.
What is Permitted Development?
Provided that these rights haven’t been removed by the local planning authority (either when originally consented or through an Article 4 direction), they give homeowners the right to make various extensions to the home without the need to formally apply for planning permission. These rights are also applicable to homes in the green belt.
What can be done?
An extension or addition to your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:
* The term “original house” means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date). Although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may have done so.
* Designated land includes conservation areas, national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and World Heritage Sites.
If you can keep in mind that you can make alterations to houses when viewing, who knows, that nearly perfect home could be the perfect home.