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Permitted development laws, what you need to know…

April 1st 2016
By: Melanie
Permitted development laws, what you need to know…

Over the past few years development laws have gone through some radical changes, making it easier for home owners to develop their home upwards and outwards, without having to necessarily apply planning permission which can be both lengthy and expensive.

PD or permitted development rights gives a homeowner the right to make a range of changes to their home, these can include loft conversions or rear extensions. Although planning permission has become more relaxed it’s important when planning a new project to take into consideration your neighbours, such as party wall legislation. The best way to ensure that you know your rights is to enlist the services of a trained architect. Some restrictions might also occur if you live in near or in one of the following:

  • Conservation areas
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • National Parks
  • The Broads
  • World Heritage Sites

For further information please check out the following link http://planningguidance.communities.gov.uk/blog/guidance/when-is-permission-required/what-are-permitted-development-rights/

Generally the rules are that you can build a simple one-storey extension on a detached house this can be extended up to 4m back from the rear wall, on a semi-detached house or terraced house you can build up to 3m. The roof can be either pitched or flat as long as the highest point is no more than 4m from the ground and the eaves are no more than 3m from ground level.

If you are looking to buy a property you can add value Intercounty Stansted has a stunning, Georgian three bedroom property for sale for £399, 950 in Stansted, with scope to further extend.

  • EPC Band E
  • Thee Bedrooms
  • Semi Detached
  • Full Of Character Features
  • Large South Facing Garden
  • Scope For Further Extension (STPP)

For further information please either follow the link or call Intercounty Stansted team on 01279 814400