Very few people get excited about planning, and if you did most of your friends would become very concerned. But here at Resi, we do have some planning nuts, who love nothing more than finding solutions to our clients biggest problems, AKA the loophole finders.
Recently, our loophole finders found something pretty impressive: a way to build an annex without needing planning permission. Sounds too good to be true? Here’s how it’s done…
Use your permitted development rights to build a non-living space
When it comes to outbuildings, the function is everything. Are you going to live in it or not? If you intend to use it as a living space, maybe for an elderly relative, or older child, then you would need planning permission. However, if the space is only for recreational use, then it falls within your permitted development rights, and is known as a ‘incidental outbuilding’.
If you’ve never heard of permitted development rights before, it’s a scheme created by the Government to empower homeowners to expand their homes. Under your permitted development rights, you’re given an allowance of how much new space you can create. Now there are some rules to this, and it can get confusing, so we do recommend getting an architect on board to help.
Now within your permitted development rights you would be able to create the shell of an annex, and say this will be used as a recreational area - say as a games room. Getting this agreed by the council is stage one of operation Granny Annex.