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Understanding…

Permitted
 Development Rights

A government scheme that entitles some homeowners to expand their home without the need for planning permission.

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Understanding…

Permitted
 Development Rights

A government scheme that entitles some homeowners to expand their home without the need for planning permission.

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Permitted
 Development Rights

There are many guidelines on which extension/conversion projects fall within your permitted development rights.

Extensions cannot take up more than 50% of the land around the property. They cannot be made to the front of the house, and they cannot extend more than 4 metres to the back of the property. Loft conversions are considered part of your permitted development rights, but not if you plan on adding a balcony or dormer. And in some conversion areas your permitted development rights are removed altogether.

And these are just some of the rules associated with permitted development!

That’s why having an architect by your side is the perfect way to navigate these rules. Not only will they design your space to fit in with the requirements, they’ll help you obtain certification that proves your build is legal. Project doesn’t fall within permitted development? No problem. Your architect can apply for planning permission instead. This offers more freedom in what you can create, while your architect can help maximise your chances of approval.

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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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