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Building Plans

Planning Permission

  • It is an approval given by the Local Authority, Environmental Division, which carries out Town and Country Planning act on behalf of the government.
  • This covers generally what is called as “Amenity” (such matters as the appearance, the effect on neighbours and on the street scene.
  • In case of private houses, Planning Permission is required for some, but not all building work
  • Whether or not it is required depends upon many factors, such as size of the proposal, and whether there have been any previous extensions to the property.
  • Small works which do not require Planning Permission and are called as “Permitted Development”


Extension without Planning Permission
But which require Building Regulation:
  • Semi Detached / Detached: Extensions permitted up to 70 cubic meters or 15% of the original detached or semi-detached house
  • Terraced: 50 cubic meters or 10% of the terraced house, subject to a maximum (in either case) of 115 cubic meters
Extension without Planning Permission
or Building Regulation:
  • Satellite Dish: 1 permitted up to 70 cm. and sited below the ridge
  • Garages: Within 5 meters of the house count as an extension
  • Gates Walls & Fences: Up to 1 meter high adjoining a highway, and 2 meters elsewhere
  • Hard Standing: Permitted for a private car
  • Sheds & Green Houses: less than 5 meters from the house, cover less than 50 % of the garden, less than 3 meters high for a flat roof and 4 meters for a ridge roof
  • Anything else: which does not affect external appearance
Planning an Extension
The following is the order of steps taken for extension of a residence:
  • Owner to find and discuss with Architect
  • Architect to draw plan
  • Apply for planning permission and getting approval from the Local Authority
  • Submission of Building Regulations
  • Regular checks by the Council Building Surveyor
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