This client wanted a first class extension for the flat which the family rented out. Then they decided to actually move in themselves, so the spec. became for their requirements. They realised the existing rear extension which was less than 3m – although it was the full width – would still not be large enough for their reconfiguration plans.

Modern Design

Because it is a conservation area, we made the design sympathetic to the traditional host building and surrounding environment. We did this by using the same natural colours and matching the brickwork, but because they wanted a contemporary look, we used darker bi-fold doors and modern glazing.

We designed a first class extension to 6m, which actually protruded beyond the house width, as you can see on the roof plan. This was big enough to accommodate their intention of creating a master bedroom, to add a toilet and to widen the kitchen / living space.

The Planning Route

We were even able to apply to extend beyond the side line, which – although contentious – had precedent with two of the opposite neighbours. The new bedroom needed a light-well, as per the standard policy of having natural light, outlook and ventilation in habitable rooms.

Because it was a flat, (and not a house) it was not possible to consider making an application under Permitted Development. Moreover, Conservation Officers require a full planning application even for houses.

Planning applications in conservation areas must all be accompanied by a supporting statement called a Design & Access Statement, so we commissioned one for them externally. We also recommended an external render to further strengthen the proposal because they are effective at convincing planning officers, especially in conservation areas.

How we can help you

We can also help with general questions about planning permission for extensions, or how far you can extend under Permitted Development. We can help you understand why you will need to satisfy the Building Control department of your local council even for a small side or single storey rear extension.

Come to us for your first class extension

If you want a single or double storey first class extension we can help you make a successful application in most cases. We offer and 3D Immersive Design package which is an effective tool in convincing planning officers of the aesthetics of your build. Pre-planning Applications: We also suggest the pre-app. route in the event of any contention with a proposal. See the Pre-app. section on the Planning Portal See the Pre-app section on the Planning Portal for more details. This used to be called ‘outline planning permission’.

We can guide you re estimated build costs and whether or not you would need planning permission for a conservatory and if so, what kind of permission will suffice. We will tell you how to get planning permission, explain permitted development rules and let you know if your permission is still valid. We let you know about the council’s planning application fees, to which we don’t add VAT. We offer to submit your application and liase with officers on your behalf for no extra charge.

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