Planning rules are being further relaxed. With the Government seeking to have the country build its way out of its housing (and Treasury) shortages, rules on vertical extensions are being eased substantially.
From September, owners of 2-storey detached homes can seek approval for a 2-storey extension using the simplified method ‘prior approval’ process, instead of full planning consent. They can use this method to build two storeys on top of their existing property. Those in bungalows can build one extra storey. Owners of terraces and semis can only go one storey higher than their neighbours.
Planners will still consider appearance and design, but the new rules limit the powers for local communities and neighbours to block the development.
The planning rules are not the only thing that can stop this sort of development, though. Homeowners must also consider the following:
- What does your mortgage lender think about the plan? Even if you think they would be thrilled, you still need their consent.
- Are there any covenants in your title that restrict your build? You might need someone’s consent, or further building might be completely prohibited.
- Would your build infringe on a neighbour’s right to light?
Parnalls are happy to advise on the constraints you may face at your property. We have residential, development and planning specialists in our team.
For more information and advice please contact Iain Robinson on 01566 772375.