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Understanding the…

Larger Home Extension Scheme

Otherwise known as the Neighbourhood Consultation Scheme - The deadline is the 30th May 2019

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Understanding the…

Larger Home Extension Scheme

Otherwise known as the Neighbourhood Consultation Scheme - The deadline is the 30th May 2019

This is a method of planning, introduced in 2012, to allow homeowners to build large extensions without the need for planning permission.

Like traditional architecture practices, we have an incredible team of designers ready to prepare drawings, secure planning permission, and handle building regulations - to name just a few of our services. But 
this is just the start!

Under this scheme, you can extend your home by up to 8 metres (if detached) or 6 metres (other home types). However, it must be completed by May 2019 and needs approval from any affected neighbours before building can commence.

Because of this time limit, trying to complete an extension under this scheme is now a high risk strategy. Not only are you at risk of common delays, your local authority might not accept your project in the first place.

Larger home extension scheme

Looking to extend?

What options are available to homeowners looking to extend?

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Larger home extension scheme

You can proceed with caution and 
apply for this scheme.
  • Can extend up to 6-8 metres
  • At risk of not completing project within the deadline
  • Need consent from neighbours to construct
  • Design must follow strict guidelines
  • No need for planning permission
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Permitted development rights

Another scheme that allows smaller extensions to bypass planning permission.
  • Can extend up to 3-4 metres
  • Guaranteed approval if guidelines 
are met
  • Though requirements come with restrictions
  • Covers conversions and extensions
  • Does not apply to flats or maisonettes
  • Does not apply to homes within conservation areas
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Planning approval

The traditional way to get approval 
from your local authority.
  • More freedom with design
  • Can be used for all home types and projects
  • Lasts up to three years
  • Securing this alone can increase 
the value of your home
  • No guarantee approval will be given
  • Some local authorities are more generous than others

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