PDR - Loft Conversions
Loft conversions are often the best way of maximising your space if you do not have the room to extend to the front or rear of your home. A typical Victorian terraced house has enough room to add at least one additional bedroom and bathroom. Loft rooms often command excellent views, maximise natural light, and can add value to your home.
Permitted Development Rights allow most homes to build into the loft space and achieve far more than would be possible through planning. For example, under Permitted Development you can add much more glazing than you would be allowed with planning permission. Chances are your loft conversion would also be significantly larger under Permitted Development than you could achieve through planning permission
Key Permitted Development Restrictions on Loft Conversions
• The extension must be no higher than existing ridge line.
• The extension must be set back at least 20cm from the eaves. This does not apply to Hip-to-gable extensions.
• The extension must not protrude forward of the principal elevation. ie the extension must be to the side or rear of the property.
• The cubic content of the conversion should not exceed 40 square meters additional space for terraced houses.
• The cubic content of the conversion should not exceed 50 square meters additional space for semi- detached or detached houses.
• Balconies are not allowed under permitted development.
• Side facing windows must be obscured glass.
The above details are a guide only and are not exhaustive. Every property is unique and your home could have restrictions on it’s permitted development rights. Holland and Green recommend all of our clients obtain a Certificate of Lawful Development before undertaking any building work. A Certificate of Lawful Development is a legally binding document from your Local Council confirming that the work you are undertaking falls within permitted development allowances.
The above information is indicative of what is possible with most properties, however restrictions do apply and vary from property to property. Your Permitted Development Status should always be confirmed before any work is commenced.
Holland and Green Ltd accept no liability foir any work undertaken without our consultation.