If you’re tuned into the UK planning world (as we are), you might have heard rumours that the larger home extension scheme is changing.
If you’re considering this scheme, currently using this scheme, or just want to keep abreast of what’s going on, here’s everything we know so far…
There might be an extension
‘We will also make permanent the time-limited permitted development right to allow for larger rear extensions to homes.
The new permitted development rights will be created as soon as parliamentary time allows.’
This statement seems to suggest that an extension to the scheme is in the works.
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Can I build using the larger home extension scheme?
Though an extension looks promising, we do not recommend using this scheme at the moment.
To make sure your build is legal, it’s better to wait for this extension to be written into UK policy. This could be when the deadline of the original scheme (30th May 2019) expires, or the extension could take even longer to be actioned - after all, there’s a lot of upset happening in politics at the moment.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Even when using something like permitted development rights, Resi recommends getting a lawful development certificate to prove your project was legal at the time of construction.
Remember: projects built outside of planning policy are not only subject to penalty fees, they can even face demolition.
Rules around the current larger home extension scheme
As a reminder, here’s everything you need to know about the larger home extension scheme, also known as the neighbour consultation scheme.
Under this policy, homes could extend up to 8 metres (for a detached property) or 6 metres (for all other properties) from the rear elevation of the original house, as it stood on 1 July 1948.
The development must also comply with other conditions that apply to all rear extensions allowed under permitted development. These include:
- No more than half the area of land around the original house (as it stood on 1 July 1948) should be covered by buildings.
- The maximum height of the extension is 4 metres, as measured from the highest point of natural surface ground. The maximum height reduces to 3 metres if the extension is within 2 metres of a boundary.
- Construction materials must be similar in appearance to those used for the existing house. No balconies, verandas, raised platforms or chimneys are included.
- As with any other kind of permitted development, this scheme does not apply to homes in conservation areas, flats or maisonettes.
The extension then has to be is fully completed on or before 30 May 2019.
Another stipulation of the scheme is neighbours have to be consulted beforehand, hence why it's also called the 'neighbour consultation scheme'. During the planning stage, your local authority will reach out to any nearby properties, if present, and notify them of the proposed work, before giving them 21 days to make any objections.
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Other planning options
Worried your project is going to miss the original deadline? Perhaps you’re thinking about getting a new development underway.
If you’re looking to secure planning, right now you have two options open to you:
To learn which one is right for your home, and to learn more about remodelling in general, why not try a free Resi consultation? This 30 min chat is tailored to your property, and give free expert advice on everything from planning, design, finance, all the way to timelines.