Firstly, let’s talk about permitted development. Permitted development is the amount you can develop your property without consulting the council or neighbours. Every house has permitted development this with the exception of greenbelt, conservation areas and listed buildings. Some new builds also will have had their permitted development rights removed by the builder for ten years so they can be consulted before any development takes place. The existing and still permitted development rule when wanting to extend the ground floor of your property at the rear without consulting the council and planning is 4 metres for a detached house and 3 metres for a semi-detached or terrace. Notice we say still? This is where the confusion is because anything further than the permitted rule, so between 4m and 8m for detached and 3m and 6m for a semi or terrace, will need prior notification approval.
Prior notification approval is obtained by sending the details of your extension to the council and completing their form as you would for planning approval but not as in depth. The council then sends out letters to your neighbours notifying them of your plans. If there are no objections within the set time given, then you are good to go! If there are any objections, then the whole project has to go through the planning process.
So, the headline that you can develop your property at the rear on a ground floor level further than you used to be able to needs to be read carefully. It’s very important to understand that you can’t just develop the ground floor of your property further then 3m or 4m respectably at the rear and just start work, there is this new notification process in place.
KPD deal with prior notification approval and planning free of charge for all of our clients that this is applicable for to take the confusion out of the process and minimal hassle for the client.