When do you need Planning Permission for a Loft Conversion?

There are lots of websites which provide very basic answers to whether you need planning permission for a loft conversion. With this post, I wanted to provide information on more specific examples about when and if you can complete a loft conversion under permitted development and when a planning application is required. If planning permission […]

What is an Article 4 Direction? – Permitted Development (PD) Rights

If you have read any of my previous posts on permitted development rights, you may have come across several references to the Article 4 Direction. With this post, I will discuss what an Article 4 Direction is and why it’s important. Under permitted development (PD) rights many dwellings can be modified and extended. However, it […]

Do you need Planning Permission for a Rear Extension on your Home?

So you’ve decided you need to add more space to your home. In most cases, it’s the rear of the property where there is available space to expand. Therefore, the first question many people have is “do you need planning permission for a rear extension?” The answer will depend on several variables which include: Are […]

Agricultural to Residential Use – How to secure PD Prior Approval

Under the 2015 General Permitted Development Order (GDPO) a right was provided (Schedule 2/Part3/Class Q) for farmers to convert agricultural buildings into residential dwellings. However, with most things in planning, the PD rules have seen quite a few changes and amendments over the years. Furthermore, what is and isn’t allowed under the PD Class Q […]

What’s the Difference between Incidental and Ancillary Use?

I’m going to guess that you have found this page by researching the permitted development rights for outbuildings. You may have learnt there are various restrictions on outbuildings. Such as how tall outbuildings can be, and that development must not exceed the 50% rule of the properties curtilage. However, there is a specific rule associated […]

Do you need Planning Permission for a Dormer?

The fact that your reading this post probably means you understand what a dormer is. However, its best not to presume, so below I will briefly discuss what a dormer is and the reasons why you may want to install a dormer. Then later in the post, we will discuss whether you will require planning […]

Do I Need Planning Permission for my Garage?

When it comes to garages there are lots of different circumstances involved which dictate whether you need planning permission. For instance, you may have an existing garage which you wish to convert into additional living space. Alternatively, you may simply wish to construct a new garage on your property for your car or storage purposes. […]

What is the Size of Your Original Dwelling?

If your looking to extend your home or replace your dwelling you may have come across the term ‘original dwelling‘. But what does it actually mean and why is it so important when it comes to trying to secure planning permission? Let’s start with the planning definition of the original dwelling: Why is the Original […]

Do I need Planning Permission for a Garage Conversion?

The Attraction of a Garage Conversion Many people today are looking to generate extra living space for their home. Obviously, extensions are one possible option, however many also opt for garage conversions. Your integrated garage may be surplus to requirements. You may have a double garage and only need the space for one car. In […]