An extension can make more fiscal sense than up-scaling and allows you to stay in the area you know and love.
With stamp duty on the rise and added costs like agent fees when selling a house it can be just as viable to put that money back into your current house. An extension is a great way to get more space and make the most of your money.
Tells us what you are wishing to get out of your extension and we can offer practical advice helping you get the most out the and space and making your money go further.
An extension or addition to your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:
see 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.
Single-storey rear extension must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by more than three metres if an attached house or by four metres if a detached house.
In addition, outside Article 1(5) designated land and Sites of Special Scientific Interest the limit is increased to 6m if an attached house and 8m if a detached house until 30 May 2016.
These increased limits (between 3m and 6m and between 4m and 8m respectively) are subject to the neighbour consultation scheme.
Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres.
Extensions of more than one storey must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house* by more than three metres or be within seven metres of any boundary opposite the rear wall of the house.
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; no cladding of the exterior; no side extensions.
This information is only for a quick reference and shouldn’t be taken as actual fact. For more information please contact your local council or visit the planning portal