When the proposed work falls outside the rules for permitted development then planning permission must be obtained. Planning permission allows for the development of land and existing properties it is usually granted by the local planning authority, which is part of the local council.A planning application involves the production of scale drawings of the existing property and of the proposed development. It also involves various forms and certificates covering the detail of the work, environmental issues and other matters. Following submission of the application there may be modifications required by the planning officer prior to a recommendation being made by the planning officer to the planning committee. At this stage the application will be rejected, accepted or accepted with planning conditions.These conditions are very important and must not be breached.Once consent has been achieved it lasts for a number of years – usually 3 – and runs with the land or property, not with the individual.An extension or addition to your home is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:No more than half the area of land around the "original house"* would be covered by additions or other buildings. No extension forward of the principal elevation or side elevation fronting a highway. No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof. Maximum depth of a single-storey rear extension of three metres for an attached house and four metres for a detached house. Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres. Maximum depth of a rear extension of more than one storey of three metres including ground floor. Maximum eaves height of an extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres. Maximum eaves and ridge height of extension no higher than existing house. Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house. Two-storey extensions no closer than seven metres to rear boundary. Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house. Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house. No verandas, balconies or raised platforms. Upper-floor, side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor. On designated land* no permitted development for rear extensions of more than one storey. On designated* land no cladding of the exterior. On designated* land no side extensions. * The term "original house" means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date). Although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may have done so.* Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.Please be aware that this may vary with individual councils and does not apply to conservation areas, listed buildings or any Article 4 direction areas (more information on these is provided below). We would always recommend that you obtain written confirmation from the planning department that planning permission is not required.
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