Planning on constructing a new extension? Wondering whether or not you need to apply for planning permission? An intimidating set of rules that varies from area to area, building regulations and planning permission is how councils maintain aesthetic and safety standards in their jurisdiction. But does your project require a letter to the local authorities? Providing loft conversions, new builds, property extensions and property refurbishments for the Weybridge area, GLR is happy to advise prospective clients on the rules surrounding structural alterations.
It is essential that you apply before beginning construction, when necessary, as if you build without permission you may have to pay a fine or even deconstruct your new extension.
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Generally speaking, property extensions do not require planning permission if they follow certain parameters. Most homes in the UK fall under permitted development rules, which allow for side- and rear-facing extensions. Front-facing extensions require an application.
However, side- and rear-facing extensions are subject to a small list of specifications, such as needing to be built lower than the highest part of the existing roof, and without balconies or verandas.
Another complication is if you live in a conservation area or a listed building. Regulations vary, so it is always best to check if you are unsure of the requirements.
Covering the Weybridge area, our new home builders and contractors are always happy to advise on planning permission for property extensions, property refurbishments and loft conversions.
The rules around loft conversions are slightly stricter, as they can add a significant amount of height to your house. Regulations depend on the type of conversion you are planning, as simple designs such as rooflight conversions are almost always approved, but mansard conversions usually require an application.
Another potential process is the Party Wall Act, which sets up a framework to negotiate with those you share a wall with. You need to alert your neighbours at least a month before beginning construction if your project affects a shared wall.
Loft conversions are unlikely to be approved in conservation areas and are not a feasible option for a listed building, so you may have to consider other alternatives in those circumstances.
Active across Weybridge and the surrounding areas, we provide property extensions, property refurbishments and loft conversions for our clients in Surrey. Our large crew of new home builders are always willing to take on new projects.