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How to build a home extension  without Planning Permission using your PD rights - Oct. 1st 2008




Take a look at some of our topical articles on the subject of Planning and Permitted Development.


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  • Class A to H Permitted Development explained
    The permitted development rights are split into several sections from Class A to Class H all covering different aspects of what you can add to your home without applying for formal planning permission.
  • Article 4 Directions Removal of PD Rights
    The biggest restriction to a site owner wanting to implement their permitted development rights for a house extension for example is that the site has an Article 4 direction imposed. This is usually a condition on the original planning approval that removes the sites permitted development rights in whole or in part.
  • Garden Buildings without Planning Permission
    New new PD rights from October 1st 2008 have changed the criteria for garden buildings that can be built under permitted development. The new PD rules have removed two major elements that would have previously stopped this form of development.
  • History of Planning in the UK
    An overview of the history of town and country planning controls in the UK which has led to the current permitted development rights.
  • Detached garden buildings and enclosures under permitted development rules
    If you are considering a garden lodge, office, garden studio, swimming pool building, shed, store, garage or enclosure than you will need to know & understand the Permitted Development rules for such structures well before you place the order.
  • Micro generation permitted development
    The governments quest for lowering the carbon footprint within the UK is partly centred on giving greater freedoms for homeowners to install energy producing or saving equipment on or within their property. Microgeneration for each property or smaller community is seen as one solution and allowing this under permitted development is meant to take the control of what you can install out of the Planners hands.
  • Permitted development listed buildings
    Almost all external alterations and extensions to an existing building that is listed will require planning permission. However for unlisted dwellings certain small domestic extensions and other alterations are granted planning permission automatically (permitted development) where they affect a house which is occupied as a 'single family dwelling' and is not subdivided to form flats.
  • Permitted Development Flats
    Most of these permitted development rights do not apply to flats or listed buildings, and the limits are more restrictive for houses in conservation areas.
  • Permitted Development Demolition
    In the case of demolition of dwellinghouses or buildings adjoining dwellinghouses, this planning permission cannot be exercised (i.e. demolition cannot take place) unless the developer has applied to the local planning authority for a determination of whether the prior approval of the authority will be required to the method of the proposed demolition and any proposed restoration of the site.
  • Permitted Development Agricultural Buildings
    Permitted development rights are not available for farm or forestry dwellings, or for livestock units sited near residential and similar buildings. Before making use of agricultural permitted development rights, you should check if the local planning authority requires prior approval.
  • Permitted Development Solar Panels
    The installation of solar panels and wind turbines under permitted development refers to single family dwellinghouses. The term "dwellinghouse" does not include residential flats, whether in purpose-built blocks or in converted houses or other buildings.
  • Renewable Energy Permitted Development
    Installing certain renewable energy technologies, such as solar panels and biomass boilers, has now been made a lot simpler thanks to Permitted development rights introduced on 6th April 2008 in England and 12th March 2009 in Scotland.
  • Permitted Development Consultation
    Who do you consult for initial advice on permitted development. The Planning Department, we are, told is your first stop regarding advice and help. However, Permitted Development consultation advice can be a bit of a lottery regarding the quality and efficiency of the advice from Planning Departments nationwide.
  • Permitted Development Conservation Areas
    Conservation Areas are classed as Article 1(5) land within planning legislation and much of the permitted development allowances for altering or extending a domestic property is prevented if your property is within a conservation area.
  • Permitted Development Loft Conversions
    The limits for erecting extensions to the roof of a domestic dwelling as part of a permitted development loft conversion are much the same as the previous legislation. You still cannot erect a dormer or alter the roof at the front of a property if it affronts a highway so no change there.
  • Permitted Development Extensions
    Extensions for permitted development to domestic dwellings fall under class A of the GPDO in most cases. There is other criteria for extensions to a dwellings roof for example but this section will simply concentrate on permitted development for home extensions.
  • Permitted Development Legislation
    As of 1st October 2008 new legislation came into force which affects the permitted development rights of domestic properties, most Councils have produced a set of guidance notes to assist you with these changes. Advice that you have been given in the past on permitted development structures or alterations may no longer apply under the current rules. Please check with each Local Authority Planning Dept. first as you may need clarification.
  • Householder Permitted Development
    The revised permitted development rules apply to all homeowners. This latest wording of the permitted development affects all householders. To ensure that you comply read this website thoroughly for an initial determination, check out the various links to external sources of information and then go see your friendly and helpful Planning Department.
  • Permitted Development Scotland
    Scotland has their own Planning Legislation or statutory instruments as they are known. This web site does not cover any aspects of Scottish Planning law and permitted development and you are advised to seek the information elsewhere.
  • Telecommunications Permitted Development
    The erection of telecommunication masts under Permitted Development is a complicated route which is not covered by this web site. Mobile phone operators used to enjoy quite a lot of freedom regarding these installations without needing formal Planning Approval. However, they now have to submit certain details but if the Council does not respond within certain time frames, Approval for the mast is deemed to have automatically been granted.
  • Agricultural Permitted Development
    This web site only seeks to explore the permitted development issues relating to domestic dwellings rather than agricultural buildings. However, even a farm house is usually treated as a single domestic dwelling within its own defined residential curtilage that can utilise its permitted development rights.
  • Permitted Development Limits
    The amount of what you can build under the current permitted development limits is stated within the latest GPDO legislation but the wording & phrasing of the legislation has caused a lot of confusion for designers and home owners alike.
  • Permitted Development Outbuildings
    Outbuildings are categorised as most detached structures that are deemed to be of an ancillary use to the main dwelling and wholly located within the residential curtilage of the domestic single use dwelling. Permitted development for outbuildings also have a wide range of height and size restrictions.
  • What can stop permitted development
    As permitted Development primarily only applies to dwellings (not flats) homeowners should be aware that even if their extension appears to fall within the descriptions of the latest PD criteria, your particular site may have some unique situations that would prevent you from implementing your extension or alterations scheme under permitted development.









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