LOFT CONVERSION PLANNING PERMISSION
In many cases you won’t need to get permission at all, but if you want to extend or alter the space in your roof, exceeding specified limits and conditions, you will have to get permission from your local council to carry out the work.
Just to save you some time, you only need to apply for planning permission if your project exceeds the following conditions:
- A volume allowance of 40 m3 additional roof space for terraced houses*, 50 m3 for detached and semi-detached.
- No extension beyond the plane of the existing slope of the principal elevation facing the road.
- No extension to be higher than the highest part of the existing roof.
- Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house.
- No verandas, balconies or raised platforms to be added to the roof.
- Side-facing windows must fitted with obscured glazing.
- Roof extensions not to be permitted development in designated areas (such as areas of outstanding beauty and conservation areas).
- Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable, must be set back at least 20cm from the original eaves.
- The extension cannot overhang the outer facing wall of your house.
- Getting planning permission for a loft conversion can be a very tricky process. Though it needn’t be. With our own specialists consultants, we know the ins and outs of council law and how these will affect you!
If these apply to your project, or if you think that they might, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.
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