When it comes to making home improvements, there are numerous projects you can undertake that do not require planning permission. For example, converting a garage, installing new windows and doors and adding a conservatory often do not need prior permission. Even if you are looking to add living space through property extensions and loft conversions, such works often fall under Permitted Development (PD) and, therefore, do not require planning permission.
As a loft conversion company specialising in home extensions and attic conversions, we understand PD inside and out. With over 200 years of combined experience in the construction industry, our extension and loft specialists are uniquely qualified to guide you through your home improvement project in Crystal Palace.
However, Spectacular Lofts Ltd recommends that you should always contact your Local Planning Authority in advance, just to be certain as to whether or not you require planning permission.
In some cases, it is not unusual for PD rights to have restrictions or even to be removed completely.
When it comes to home extensions and loft conversions, PD can come with several limitations that you or your contractor must abide by. As extension and loft specialists in the Crystal Palace area, the personnel at our loft conversion company understand these restrictions perfectly.
Attic conversions and extensions fall under PD, and will not require planning permission, if they meet the following conditions:
If you live in a detached property, a single-storey, rear-facing extension must not extend beyond 4m of the rear wall of your existing Crystal Palace home. For other types of property, or for multi-storey extensions, this distance must not be more than 3m
The newly gained space from loft conversions must be no bigger than 40m3 for a terraced home or 50m3 for a detached or semi-detached property. As a responsible loft conversion company, we will always factor this into the initial design and planning
Any part of home extensions or attic conversions must not extend higher than the highest point of your current roof structure. Our extension and loft specialists also ensure that the eaves are not higher than the existing eaves of your Crystal Palace property
The exterior materials used for loft conversions and house extensions must be similar in appearance to the rest of your property. Our loft conversion company always sources and supplies materials that blend into your current home
You may only cover up to 50% of the land around your Crystal Palace house with extensions or other such structures
You do not live in a designated area. This includes Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, national parks, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites
Single-storey, rear-facing home extensions must not exceed 4m in height
Attic conversions and extension projects must not include the addition of any balconies, verandas or raised platforms. If this is something you are interested in, our loft specialists can talk to you about your options
Roof extensions cannot overhang the outer wall of your existing property
Whether you are interested in extending your property or optimising underused attic space with mansard, hip to gable or dormer loft conversions, Spectacular Lofts Ltd takes care of every single aspect for you. From conception to completion, our project management service ensures we complete work on time and under budget, whilst delivering the finest results.
This includes applying for planning permission on your behalf, if necessary.