Bigger extensions to be permitted? The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013

Thursday, 02 May 2013 14:35

So all the talk over the last 6 months has finally come to something in Parliament. The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 makes provisions for less bureaucracy with some proposal that fomerly required planning permission. Essentially before there were two options: design something that falls with Permitted Development (PD) (eg 3 metre single storey rear extension on terraced/semi house, 4 metre on detached) or design something outside the PD criteria and need to apply for planning permission, which could be refused.

Now there is a third option for single storey rear extensions that are over the PD limit of 3 metres terrace/semi & 4 metres detached but under 6 metres on terraced/semi and under 8 metres on detached.  Essentially, if your neighbours have no problem with it, it is permitted. 

This "neighbour consultation scheme" is running from 30th May 2013 to 30th May 2016. This is great, as rather than trying to accord with policy that tries to apply one set of rules to all; site specific consideration can be given by your neighbours. If your neighbours do have relevant concerns, it then would be at the discresion of the planning department and their policies to assess these concerns and pass judement. Conclusion: make sure you get on with your neighbours.

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