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House of Delight, Maldon

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New detached dwelling in the grounds of a Listed Building, Latchingdon, Maldon, Essex

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The Maltings, Norton Heath

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The Maltings, Norton Heath

The Maltings, Norton Heath

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Woodham Lodge Barns, Bicknacre / East Hanningfield project

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Dog & Gun Public House, Boreham Road, Little Waltham

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Gorrells Farm, Highwood, Chelmsford

Gorrells Farm, Highwood, Chelmsford

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The Italian Connection - click to read

The Italian Connection

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Well madam, the builder did say there might be a little mess.....!

New Planning Permission Rules For Householders

On the 1st October 2008, new Planning rules came into force.

The right to alter or extend a property within certain volume based limits, without the need for Planning Permission (PP) has always been there. This is called Permitted Development (PD)

However, this has now changed with the volume limits largely scrapped and allows more freedom to extend without the need for PP for certain works.

The Government published the Order on 10th September 2008 and suggested that there will, as a result, be as many as 80,000 less householder applications per year.

How Will This Affect You?

Let’s look at three common extension / alteration proposals for dwellinghouses:-

Extensions

Subject to the new rules, it may be possible, as PD, to build :-

  • a 2 storey rear extension up to 3m projection
  • a single storey side extension, of a width not exceeding half the width of the original house
  • a single storey rear extension with a projection up to 4m for a detached house or 3m for other houses.

Loft conversions including dormers or roof extensions

Previously, PP was needed for these projects if the dwelling had been previously extended and used up the old 50 cubic metres (terraced house) or 70 cubic metres (for other houses) volume limit.

Now, such works are PD if the enlargement is no more than 50 cubic metres for a detached or semi house and 40 cubic metres for terrace houses, irrespective of whether the house has had other single storey or 2 storey previous extensions. The volume of the original loft is not included.

Outbuildings

Again, PD rights existed for such structures e.g. swimming pool buildings, summer houses, games rooms, sauna cabins etc. etc. The PD rights for these have changed little. Two changes to note however. Firstly, the area of the buildings must not exceed 50% of the existing house’s total area curtilage (other than the house area itself) and the height of the building must not exceed 2.5m if within 2m of a boundary.

Who Are the Winners & Losers?

Well, if PP is not needed, you save the Planning application fee of £150.00. Also if the proposal is PD, you can plan ahead knowing that your proposal will not be refused PP.

Also, properties in the countryside, outside defined settlement boundaries, where current restrictive Council extension policies have prevented further extensions, may now be able to extend without the need for PP.

On the other hand, examples of the potential downsides are:-

  • neighbours possibly affected by more generous PD limits will not be consulted or have the chance to object
  • the Council will not be able to refuse extension proposals on design grounds if they are PD
  • large box dormers and other ugly roof enlargements to facilitate loft conversions will be PD

One Council source has indicated they may have to expand their complaints department to deal with the increased workload!

The possibilities outlined above does not deal with every aspect of the new rules and you should always check with the Planning Department before starting any works.

Nothing has changed with respect to Listed Buildings and you still need to apply for Building Regulations for extensions and loft conversions in the usual way. For Conservation Areas, things have changed slightly.

Finally, drawings will still be needed to design and plan the layouts and ensure the elevations meet the clients requirements; for the builder to quote for the work; for the builder to build to and in order to obtain Building Regulations approval.

We will have to wait and see how things develop...

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    Conservation of Buildings