The Government has recently introduced legislation to make previous temporary rights to enlarge a dwelling by up to 8 metres permanent.  The Permitted Development Regulations have been amended to make permanent the right to enlarge dwellings by up to 8 metres in the case of a detached dwelling, or by 6 metres in the case of any other type of dwelling as permitted development, subject to meet the other relevant criteria for Permitted Development.  Until the legislation was introduced it had been necessary to complete any such extensions prior to the 30th May 2019.

In order to benefit from these provisions, it is first necessary to submit a Prior Approval submission to the Local Authority, who will write to your immediate neighbours to advise them of your intended proposal.  If any of your neighbour’s object then the Local Authority is required to assess the impact of the proposal on the amenity of all neighbouring occupiers, not just those who have objected.  The Local Authority is required to issue its determination within 42 days of the date of receipt of the application, and if they fail to do so then you are automatically deemed to benefit from Prior Approval.

If you are interested in undertaking an extension under Permitted Development, HC Services can provide you with the necessary professional support in making Lawful Development Certificate and Prior Approval applications on your behalf.  If you’d like to discuss further, please get in touch.

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