The government has recently changed the rules regarding large home extensions under what was previously known as the neighbourhood consultation scheme. This scheme was due to expire by 30th May 2019 but has now been permanent and falls under permitted development rights for homeowners.
If you live in a conservation area or listed building these rights do not exist and you will still be required to apply for the relevant conservation area or listed building consent.
We have completed a number of projects under this scheme. So although there are limitations on size and materials you can still achieve alot.
8m deep full width rear extension completed under the neighbourhood consultation scheme.
To take advantage of this extra allowance under permitted development, you’ll need to ensure your plans extend no more than 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.
Even if you haven’t built a rear extension yourself, your permitted development rights may have already been used up if a previous owner added to the property. If you think this might be the case, get in contact and we can discuss this further.
The development must also other criteria. These include:
We have been asked to design a contemporary extension to a 1950's Wates construction house in St Albans. The client wanted to create a design with a clear distinction with their existing house with lots of natural light and open up onto the garden.
We have recently submitted an planning application to significantly increase the footprint to a detached 1950s house in St Albans.
We looking to increase the house from 3 to 4 bedrooms with a large living space to the rear which opens up onto the garden. The introduction of sliding doors allow the client flexibility of how the spaces can be opened and closed off.
The client wanted to create a contemporary look to the building and a white render with grey framed window appearance was chosen.