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Last Updated: 30/10/2015  
Tags: Permitted Development

As space becomes harder to find in urban areas we have had to refocus our idea of expandable spaces within our homes, heritage buildings such as Georgian and Victorian houses can successfully embrace bold linear lines of a modern architecture, so extending these homes has become not only a great way to expand our living area but also introduce more light. 

However extending our homes often comes down to how well your local planning department processes applications, but by using Permitted Development rights or (PD) it might not be necessary to consult them. PD gives homeowner the right to make a range of alterations to their homes without planning permission, these can include rear extensions and loft conversions. Permitted development rights might be restricted if you live in a conservation area.

Although PD has been introduced to loosen modest building development, it’s important to remember that you can’t avoid other necessary requirements such as Building Regulations, party wall legislation and Listed Building Consent, the best way to proceed if you wish to extend your current home is to enroll the services of an architect.

If you would like to build a simple one-storey extension on a detached house this can be extended up to 4m back from the rear wall, on a semi-detached house or terraced house you can build up to 3m. The roof can be either pitched or flat as long as the highest point is no more than 4m from the ground and the eaves are no more than 3m from ground level.

We currently have this beautifully refurbished and extended four bedroom house in Wimbledon for sale – this is a great example of how an old Victorian property can be enhanced by adding modern architecture in the form of a brand new extension on the back with by-folding doors. For more information about this property please follow this link
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