Approval to Extend Property
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Up until now, it was bad enough having to draw up plans that the local council are happy with, but you also had to negotiate with your neighbours to overcome their objections. The planning laws that came into force last month makes adding a bedroom or a conservatory much easier.

The new law had taken effect from the end of August and homeowners now have the ability to expand their home by adding two extra floors without strict planning permissions.

Before this law came into effect, the planning laws stopped homeowners from extending their homes above a certain height and this was dependent on the size and type of the property. This new law is part of the overhaul to the UK’s old planning system and it makes it easier for homeowners to extend their homes in order to accommodate their growing family.

In some areas, such as London, there are still limits to what can be built. The planning laws that recently came into force only applies to detached homes and homes that were built between 1948 and 2018. This leaves hundreds of thousands of people living in red brick terraces, top floor flats, or new build homes. Homes that are in conservation areas are also excluded.

The new planning laws mean that a home extension can either be a part of the main property or a standalone, self-contained property such as an annexe.

The government has plans to deliver more homes and revitalise town centres while attempting to reduce the pressure to build on greenfield sites, and the new planning laws are part of this.

The new planning rules also enables homeowners to apply to extend their properties through a ‘fast-track approval service’ with a response aimed to be within eight weeks. In comparison, the old planning rules meant that homeowners could wait anywhere between eight to sixteen weeks to be considered and this allowed neighbours to formally object to the plans if they wished.

In addition, councils will still have a say in turning down block developments. However, the reasons for refusal are limited to issues relating to traffic congestion, flood risk, or noise pollution. The properties will also still need to meet the building regulations and health and safety standards.


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