Nowadays, its cheaper to extend than to move!
This is an ever apparent fact!
Whether you want to carry out simple repair work to your existing home or are planning to carry out major engineering to a house you intend to buy or own, understanding your Permitted Development (PD) Rights, comes in handy.
Earlier in the year we touched on permitted development rights for home extensions, but we thought this element of construction should be explored in a little more detail to assist our customers in their decision making.
PD can be granted as General Development Planning Order (GDPO) which have different region-wide applications across Northern Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland. These orders act as an implied consent to carry out certain types of development in your home.
Here’s a brief look at the rules of PD and the improvements, home extensions and outbuildings permitted:
Detached dwelling up to 8m in the rear if the home is single storey (3m, if double)
Height restriction on all single storey extensions to only 4m
Two storey extensions should be no closer than 7m towards the rear boundary
No extensions covering more than half of the garden size are permitted
Side extensions for single storey must not be more than 4m in height with a pitched roof
Side extensions for single storey must not be more than half the size of the original building
Simple Improvements Allowed
Constructing a front porch
Occupy and convert any loft space
Conduct internal alterations
Put up satellite dishes
Install micro-generation equipment (including solar panels, but not wind turbines)
Set up an antenna
Extend the back area of your home
Install new doors, windows, roof-lights and dormer windows
All designs are subject to constraints laid down in the Permit Sheet
All outbuildings that stay within 50% of your garden space are permitted
Outbuildings must be single storey
They must have a maximum ridge height of 4m (pitched roof) or 3m (any other roof)
The eaves must not be more than 2.5 meters in height
If the outbuilding is closer than 2m to the boundary wall, it cannot be higher than 2.5m
No outbuilding shall be in front of the original home design
The word “original” used in PD rules implies the state of property that existed on or before 1948 on the original survey OS map.
Any original rear wall of the detached home can be extended by up to 8m in depth (for single storey constructions). Single storey rear extensions must not be higher than 4m. However, if your proposed extension is within 2m of a boundary wall, the eaves’ height will be limited to 3m under the rules of PD.
Hence, before planning any constructions and home extensions, you must acquaint yourself with all the relevant PD rules. Give us a call today for assistance!
Hope this information was helpful. The Diligent Team.
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