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Relaxed property laws make it easier for homeowners to extend

June 10th 2019
By: Melanie
Relaxed property laws make it easier for homeowners to extend

If you are looking to add some extra space to your home then you will be pleased to know that the Government has recently relaxed planning laws to make it easier to add a single-storey extension to your home. 

If you own a semi-detached or terraced property you can extend your home by up to 6 metres and a detached property by up to 8 metres.

Here is the full list of the limits and conditions from the planning portal website:

  • No 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.
  • Single-storey rear extensions must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house* by more than eight metres if a detached house; or more than six metres for any other house.
    If the house is in Article 2(3) designated land* or a Site of Special Scientific Interest, this limit is reduced to four metres if a detached house; or three metres for any other house.
    These limits are now permanent and subject to the neighbour consultation scheme. This requires that the relevant Local Planning Authority is informed of the proposed work via a prior approval application.
  • Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres.
  • Extensions of more than one storey must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house* by more than three metres.
  • 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 Article 2(3) designated land* no permitted development for rear extensions of more than one storey.
  • On Article 2(3) designated land* no cladding of the exterior.
  • On Article 2(3) designated land* no side extensions.

Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP said: “These measures will help families extend their properties without battling through time-consuming red tape.

“This is part of a package of reforms to build more, better, faster and make the housing market work – and sits alongside our drive to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.”

If you would like to find out how much your house is worth why not pop into your local branch of Intercounty for a chat and a coffee or call our team on 01279 713733 or book a valuation today to talk to one of our local experts who can advise you on how to get the best price for your home.

 https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/17/extensions