The family is expanding, and space is becoming tighter than usual. There's no real potential for new mortgages or house hunting, and quite frankly, your family unit is quite happy where they are. Sound familiar? If it does, you're probably already considering an extension to your home. But building extensions can be complicated too. For starters, there's the process of getting planning permission. Don't worry! This article aims to provide you with a better understanding of extension planning permission and how to ensure that it's granted to you.
Why Do You Need Planning Permission?
First things first, let's take a look at why you actually need planning permission for an extension to your home. All types of home extensions require planning permission; it doesn't matter if it's a one or two-storey extension, a side or back of home extension, or even an extension to the roof or the porch.
There are, however, certain types of home extensions that are considered "already permitted" if they abide by certain regulations. This doesn't mean that you can just go ahead and build, though. You still need to inform the local council of your intention to build an extension - but there's no formal planning application required.
Does Your Particular Extension Fall Into This "Permitted Development" Category?
The list of limits and conditions that must apply to your development is quite extensive and we strongly recommend consulting with BDS Architecture to see if you can go ahead with building, without processing a formal planning permission application.
It's important to note that extensions which require no formal permission don't apply to listed properties and flats. This only applies to original buildings.
How To Get Permission To Build
If your intended extension isn't a "permitted development" you have to make an official extension planning permission application. The outcome of your application is determined by the policies set in place by your local council and your proposed architectural design. You can apply for extension planning permission and receive guidance directly from the government online here.
3 Tips To Make Sure Your Building Permission Application Is Accepted:
1. Read up on policies set in place by your local council. Remember that policies vary depending on whether you live in the countryside, settlement or city. Knowing the terms is a great starting place.
2. Get pre-application advice from your local council so that you can plan your design for a "yes".
3. Employ the services of an architect. Architects know precisely how planning permission applications work and will be able to create an architectural design that is most likely to get planning approval.
Hopefully, this advice sets you on the right path for your intended home extension. Need more guidance on the process? Feel free to contact us at BDS Architecture today.