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Planning consent for extensions

Enlarging your home is a great way to add much-needed space and increase its value. Mike Dade shares his top tips for gaining permission for your design
Andrew Overin bought a run-down London terrace knowing it had potential to become the home he’d been looking for. There wasn’t a formal planning permission in place, but that didn’t matter as the wraparound extension and loft conversion came under the property’s PD rights

A dding an extension can be an effective way to get the living space you’re after without moving house. And in some cases, buying a property that has potential to be transformed might also be a better solution than finding an empty plot or getting permission to knock down and rebuild. Whether you need to make a formal planning application for an extension or not will vary from case-to-case depending on a number of factors. So, let’s take a closer look at what does and doesn’t need consent, overarching planning policies on new additions and the key considerations you need to take on board to ensure your project is a success.

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Looking for ideas and practical advice to help you create a tailor-made home that suits your lifestyle perfectly? The July issue of Build It has you covered. Here's a sneak peek at what's inside: - Self-build secrets: 10 things you need to know before you build - How to get planning permission for your extension - PVCu windows: are they the right choice for your project? - The best ways to insulate foundations - Going off-grid: options for heating & electrics - Budgeting basics: how to get an accurate estimate for your build ...and more!