Boris Says Build! Build! Build!
The word “unprecedented” is probably the most popular word to describe 2020. Understandably so, as we are all facing unparalleled challenges, especially the Government. Even prior to the pandemic the pressure was mounting to resolve major issues in the UK such as housing and employment. Therefore, they have announced some radical changes to our planning system, the biggest changes since WW2. In this month’s article we will focus on the changes to Permitted Development, which comes into effect in September 2020.
What is Permitted Development?
Permitted Development grants homeowners the right to carry out certain work on your property without planning permission. You can add an extension to your house if certain specific limitations are met. However, such rights are restricted to houses and have never been extended to flats and maisonettes.
From September, The Town and Planning Order 2020 will come into effect. This grants you the right to add up to two storeys on the roof of your detached, semi-detached or terrace house. The extension is subject to a 18m height restriction and terrace houses cannot be 3.5m above the next tallest terrace. In addition, such permitted development rights only apply to houses built between 1 July 1948 and 28 October 2018 and do not apply in Conservation Areas.
What Does This Mean for Me?
As mentioned above, the lock down has presented challenges for many. From the requirement of working from home to simply needing more personal space. As such, we could all benefit from having more room in our homes. An additional, two-stories in your home will not only increase your property’s value but it also future-proofs your home. Furthermore, thanks to the planning reform, making such changes has never been easier!
I Want to Know More!
If you would like to know more about how the new planning reform changes will affect you, contact us today. Here at Stewart Management and Planning Solutions we have extensive knowledge of all aspects of the planning process. With over thirty years’ experience we can guide you through the new processes with ease.