Wednesday, 30 January 2013

What the Changes to Planning Laws Mean for Your Home

Domestic extensions and home builds are always going to raise eyebrows in communities - and this often complicates the progress of planning applications.

Currently, anyone can apply for planning permission to build almost anything they like, however the government soon want to change the laws surrounding what you can build without planning permission - called a permitted development. It is intended to provide homeowners with greater flexibility when it comes to extending or modifying buildings on their land.

Currently most small developments such as conservatories and loft conversions are titled as being permitted developments, however there are many laws and regulations which surround what you can and can't do on your property. Here are a few examples:

- A single story extension can only be up to 3 metres long

- Single story extensions can also only be up to 4 metres high

- The extension is not on the side of the house that faces a road

Most of the regulations are concerned with the size of what you're allowed to build under permitted development laws. Under new regulations, the government are intending to allow single story building to be double the size of what's been allowed previously - giving greater flexibility and options for owners of detached, terraced and semi-detached properties alike.

However, the new scheme, intended to be applied in 2015, may not be entirely problem free. Potential extensions to homes still need to fulfill all existing building regulations - and your council are within their rights to ask to you take the development down if you do not comply with these. Also, property extensions are expensive, and unless there's spare cash lying around it's unlikely that larger extensions will be within homeowners' budgets.

If you require any more help or advice regarding planning law and planning objections - contact a planning law solicitor at 

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