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Since 2013, a temporary permitted development rule has allowed homeowners to add certain single-storey rear extensions to their homes without the need for these works to go through the full planning permission process. Such extensions should be no larger than 8 meters from the original wall of a detached house or 6 meters from the original wall of a terraced or semi-detached house. The government has recently announced that this temporary rule will be made permanent from 30 May 2019.
However, such works will still go through an official neighbour consultation process which means that once you notify the local authority of your extension proposals, they will advise and consult your neighbours about the works, allowing them to raise any concerns or objections.
Even though a greater number of extensions now fall within permitted development, you still need to consider whether your works need to be approved by Building Control, which is a separate and equally important process. Building Regulations approval is usually needed for doors and windows, drainage, electrics, removal of walls and roofing matters associated with your extension.
We always recommend checking with your local authority and obtaining written confirmation that your particular proposed works fall within permitted development. For example, some properties are also located within areas which come under an Article 4 Direction, meaning that permitted development rights are removed. It is always best to obtain evidence from your local planning team rather than assume your works are permitted, especially when you come to sell your property in the future.
For more details as to the conditions for permitted development relating to extensions, visit the Planning Portal here: https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/17/extensions
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