Permitted development Building Measures
A few weeks ago – specifically, on May 9, 2013 – the government revealed a number of drastic new permitted development measures that will come into effect on May 30. The measures – part of an amendment to the Town and Country Planning Act’s General Permitted Development Order – are poised to bring a larger share of unused buildings into use and greater freedom for homeowners to extend and alter their homes.
The new measures were adopted following Mary Portas recommendations in her review of British high streets. They are aimed at loosening control and reducing the amount of red tape required in the change of use for any property.
For instance, for three years between May 30, 2013, and May 30 2016, homeowners will have far greater freedom in adding single-storey extensions to their buildings, subject only to a neighbour consultation scheme.
This is a radical departure from the earlier measures that involved going through a raft of procedures to get permission for any changes to a house.?? As announced by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities, the new development rights will allow.
The Following Three Broad Measures:
- Converting unused farm buildings into commercial establishments, including shops and restaurants.
- Converting unused office space into homes for up to three years.
- Converting any unused constructed space between offices, shops and restaurants.
- A temporary measure to convert any building into a state-funded school for one academic year.
Essentially, conversion processes that earlier required going through a whole mess of red tape have now been made entirely paperwork free. That is, you can now convert land use without applying for any special permission, at least within the specified period. Property owners already know how difficult it is to get development and change of use permissions.
These new measures will go a long way in streamlining the process and tapping the full potential of England’s unused real estate. The new measures will also encourage communities to foster education by converting any unused building into a state-funded school.
Of course, a change this drastic also has its risks. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has already warned about the dangers of abuse to old farm buildings from commercial interests.
Similarly, while the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has acknowledged that the new measures could reinvigorate Britain’s high streets, it has also warned that all regulatory relaxations need to be thought through. Adding Extensions to Homes?? Homeowners stand to benefit a great deal from the new permitted development measures.
They can now add extensions to their house without express permission from the authorities. Specifically, the measures call for no larger than half the area of the original development (the house as it stood on July 1 1948) to be covered with extensions.
Besides This, There Are A Number Of Other Rules Concerning Extensions To Existing Homes:-
Extensions are not allowed in front of the primary elevation that faces a highway.- Extensions cannot be higher than the highest part of the roof of the existing structure.- No single-storey extension can be taller than four metres.
Any single-storey extension added to the rear of a house cannot extend more than three metres beyond the rear wall of the original structure.
In case of a detached house, this limit is extended to four metres.- Any side extension must be single-storey and cannot be more than four metres high. It must also be less than half the width of the original house.- There must be a gap of at least seven metres between the rear boundary and any two-storey extension.
Any extension taller than one storey must have the same roof pitch as the existing house.- Homeowners cannot add verandas and balconies without explicit permission.- Any extension must use the same materials as the original house to maintain aesthetic harmony and ensure safety.
Side-facing windows on an upper floor must be obscure-glazed. Any opening on the upper floor must be at least 1.7 metres above the floor to ensure safety and privacy.
Designated land, i.e. land that includes national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, World Heritage Sites and conservation areas, cannot have any extensions taller than one storey.- Extensions on designated land cannot have any external cladding on extensions.
No side extensions are permitted on designated land. Despite the reduced red tape, there are still a number of rules to be followed for adding an extension to a house.
While this means reduced paperwork and effort for homeowners, you still have to adhere to the requirements set by the government. These requirements are meant to maintain aesthetic harmony with existing structures and ensure that safety protocols are followed diligently.
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