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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:55 pm 
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Planning Permission and building control


The whole subject of planning permission and building control can be a complex one. On the 1st October 2008 some of the rules are changing, For example -

From 1 October 2008 an extension or addition to your home will be considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

More than half the area of land around the "original house"* would be covered by additions or other buildings.
No extension forward of the principal elevation or side elevation fronting a highway.
No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
Maximum depth of a single-storey rear extension of three metres for an attached house and four metres for a detached house.
Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres.
Maximum depth of a rear extension of more than one storey of three metres including ground floor.
Maximum eaves height of an extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres.
Maximum eaves and ridge height of extension no higher than existing house.
Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house.
Two-storey extensions no closer than seven metres to rear boundary.
Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house.
Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house.
No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
Upper-floor, side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.
On designated land* no permitted development for rear extensions of more than one storey.
On designated* land no cladding of the exterior.
On designated* land no side extensions.


* 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 national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.


Buiding Regulations
Most extensions of properties require approval under the Building Regulations.
There are a number of classes of new buildings or extensions of existing buildings that do not need Building Regulations approval, i.e. are exempt from the Regulations.
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This is helpful info, thankyou!


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I'm an Architectural Technician, good with drawing and dealing with local authority but really rubbish at DIY! I used these new regs. to build my parents a large kitchen extension..

Worth noting that it is very important that you need building control even though you dont need planning permission..


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In addition it's worth applying for a "Certificate of lawfulness of existing use or development" this will clear up any problems and make it easier to sell the property at a later date. It costs less than applying for Planning Permission and you don't need as many pieces of paper (i.e. OS Maps @ 1:1250).


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:35 pm 
Nice information. Thanks to keeping us up to date with Planning permission regulations.

I think there are really many rules and regulations for build houses.

No, Problem we have to live at house we have to go with house plans.

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This is just something i am lookig into an as yet have found nothing.

I have a corner garden, 2 sides have a highway so i cant build ON the land....much with out planning permission, even a shed cant go up, believe me i have been there and played hell about it, but thats another stroy.

What i am asking is if anyone knows if i would need planning permision to excavate say a 20sqft area and build a room below ground, the top being at ground level as if i have it above 12 inch above ground level and use it other than a planter i need PP, as in a decked area.

The room will be a good 15foot from the house and 3 foot from all boundrys.

Just wondering if anyone has done similar on here who can point me in a diection for some info, even building reg info etc.

I will be going to see the PP officer for my area, just though i ask on here until i do.

thanks all.


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the problem you will have is you are going sub surface near to the highway with subsidence and undermining the structure and services in and under the pavement and road

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I can move it further away if need be form the highway, i need to look into the build control fir this but about 3 foot down it is clay, not sure much past the 6 foot mark though.
There are no services in that are i plan to do it either, good thing, if there wa si wouldnt even bother, cost would be mad.


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