Permitted development

Our town planning consultants are experienced in dealing with all types of permitted developments and are well versed with all rules. We can advise you on what development rights your property or land can take advantage of and what the pros and cons would be in implementing these rights.

In some cases, it will be necessary to apply for the local planning authority’s prior approval to determine whether the development or change of use can continue as permitted development and therefore without planning permission.

It can sometimes be appropriate to obtain a lawful development certificate for either an existing or proposed development or use, to give legal certainty that the works or change of use is in fact permitted development. This is particularly common when looking to sell your home and works have been done to it without planning permission.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is allowed as permitted development?

    Permitted development rights allow certain forms of development to take place without planning permission.

    What size extension can you build under permitted development?

    Extensions (including previous extensions) built using permitted development rights must not exceed 50% of the total land area around the original house. The term 'original house' means the house as it was first built or stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was made before that date). The location and physical dimensions of extensions allowed depend on the site's location and whether there are any rights restrictions on your property. It is better to check with your local planning authority or a planning consultant for advice on what you can do as permitted development.

    Can I just build under permitted development?

    In some cases, work can proceed without prior consent. However, there are some scenarios where an application for preliminary approval needs to be made. It is best to check with your local planning consultant whether or not you can proceed with the works without making a prior approval application first.