Relaxed planning laws: a green light for your project?

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5th Jul 2013

If you’re planning to add an extension or outbuilding to your property the following may be good news to you; in May the UK government published changes to Permitted Development (PD) rights in an attempt to relax planning rules, unclog delays and ensure the very best use is made of empty and underused buildings. This has resulted in a number of adjustments to planning rules for self-builders and those looking to carry out work on existing homes.

While strict rules on whether you are eligible to build still remain, depending on the size of the proposed work you may find that you now require only PD rights rather than traditional planning permission. 

The new legislation introduced temporarily increases the thresholds for single storey extensions which can be built under PD rights. The limits have been increased to a maximum depth of 8 metres for a detached house and 6 metres for all other properties for a period of 3 years running from 30 May 2013 until 30 May 2016.

An extension or addition to your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

You can find out more about these limits and conditions on the Planning Portal 

The neighbour consultation scheme means if any adjoining neighbour raises an objection within the 21-day period, the local authority will take this into account and make a decision about whether the impact on the amenity of all adjoining properties is acceptable.

The rules around permitted developments can be very complicated and strict so Oakmasters recommends that if you are in doubt, you should contact your Local Planning Authority for clarification as to whether your proposed build is permitted.

Planning a development? Why not browse the Oakmasters Houses & Extensions Gallery for inspiration? 

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