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Loft conversions are very popular for the simple fact that they are the most economical way of extending your home without using external space. It is the best way to get the absolute most out of your property. 

The question on most people’s minds when thinking about converting their loft is whether or not they will need planning permission. There is not a straight ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer as it depends on a number of factors, such as guidelines, type of property, etc. 


Permitted Development 

With this government scheme, you can expand/convert your property without obtaining planning permission. But there are guidelines you have to abide by for your project to fall under permitted development rights. If you cannot work to these guidelines, then you will need planning permission. 

Volume – any additional roof space created must not exceed certain volume allowances; 40 cubic metres for terraced houses or 50 cubic metres for detached and semi-detached houses.

Materials – the materials used in your new project must be similar in appearance to the existing house. 

Roof pitch – the new roof pitch must be the same as the roof pitch of the existing property.

Height – no part of the roof extension is allowed to be higher than the highest part of the existing roof. 

Windows – side-facing windows must be obscured, glazed and non-opening. Windows that are more than 1.7 metres above the floor of the room can be opened. 

These are just some of the guidelines, there are more that must be abided by. Choosing a reliable construction company, like Bespoke Norfolk Group makes the whole process of working under permitted development rights a breeze. 

Where Is Planning Permission Required?

Permitted development rights are a great scheme; it allows more people to expand and convert their homes without seeking planning permission. But there are some cases where you will need planning permission.

The rights, unfortunately, do not apply to all properties. If your property is a flat, maisonette or listed building, you will need to obtain planning permission as they are excluded from the scheme

Also, some ‘designated areas’ are more restricted when it comes to permitted development rights. These areas include conservation areas, national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, world heritage sites and the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. 

If your property is in one of these ‘designated areas’, you may need to apply for planning permission. 


Final Thoughts 

With permitted development rights, more people are being able to expand and convert their homes to suit their needs instead of having to move house. Though not everyone can do the work without planning permission, it doesn’t have to be a headache. 

Working with Bespoke Norfolk Group, we can create a stunning loft conversion for you. We work with the best in the industry to get the job done with no stress. 

Whether you’re after a roof light/Velux, dormer, mansard or hip to gable loft conversion, Bespoke Norfolk Group is on hand to make your loft conversion dreams a reality. 

If you are interested in hearing more about loft conversions with Bespoke Norfolk Group, get in touch with us today.

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