Good news for homeowners is that the temporary allowance for larger ground floor extensions as ‘Permitted Development’, which was due to expire at the end of May 2019 has now been made permanent.
‘Normal’ permitted development allows single storey rear extensions of up to 4 metres for a detached house or 3 metres for any other house, subject to other rules.
The ‘neighbour consultation’ scheme allows these limits to be increased to 8 metres or 6 metres respectively, but does require an application for ‘prior approval’ to your Local Authority.
If the idea of having to seek permission for something that is ‘permitted development’ seems a bit strange, then perhaps we should explain the way it works: the Local Authority notifies your immediate neighbours of your intention, and if your neighbours don’t object, then you’re automatically allowed to go ahead. If they’re not happy with the proposal, then it’s up to the Local Authority to take a view on whether it is acceptable.
If you need assistance in making that ‘neighbour notification’ application (or advice on any other aspects of Permitted Development), then we’re here to help!