Do I need planning permission?

Q: I’d like to build an extension at the rear of my house. Will I need planning permission?

A: In short, not always. Often it’s possible to build under what is known as ‘permitted development rights’ (or PD for short) especially if you’re planning a single-storey kitchen extension to the rear of your property.

What are Permitted Development Rights?
Permitted development rights allow for certain building works to be carried out without having to make a formal planning application. This is primarily because the suggested works would be of a size or type that is not likely to have an unacceptable impact on the immediate location.

What might cause permitted development rights to be restricted?
Permitted development rights may be restricted in some ‘designated areas’, for example, Article 4 areas dictated by the local council, conservation areas or areas of outstanding natural beauty to name a few.

Cool Buildings Advice
Cool Buildings are always happy to advise on required planning permissions, building regulations, party wall awards etc and can undertake these on your behalf. You can also check with your local council before proceeding with any building work and obtain a ‘lawful development certificate’ for your proposed extension.

What is a lawful development certificate?
A lawful development certificate is proof that your project falls under the permitted development rights and does not require planning permission. It’s great not only for your peace of mind, but also if you come to sell your home in the future.

If your project qualifies for Permitted Development it can mean less paperwork, less time and less cost compared to the full planning application process.

For more information on permitted development the Government’s planning portal has a very useful interactive tool, or our team at Cool Buildings will be very happy to advise on your particular situation.

About Us:
Cool Buildings are a design & build home extension company based in the south-east of England. We create beautiful glazed and steel framed modern single-storey extensions that blend effortlessly with your existing home. If you are looking for a friendly and reliable team to deliver your new kitchen extension, garden room, orangery or conservatory, please do get in touch

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