Permitted development allows householders to add extensions and internal improvements to their homes without having to apply for planning permission. The idea is to speed up the process for work that is unlikely to negatively affect the neighbours or the look or feel of the local area. Permitted development in Leicester works in much the same way as it does in the rest of the country, meaning that anyone looking to build an extension on their home within the approved dimensions can do so without worrying about red tape.
What is Allowed Through Permitted Development in Leicester?The government has basically granted planning permission to various relatively minor enhancements to homes across the country. However, the local planning authority (LPA) in each area has the right to restrict some permitted development rights.
In Leicester, permitted development allows you to add a single-story rear extension of up to three metres for semi-detached and terraced houses. It is four metres for detached homes. You can also build a single storey side extension of up to half the width of the original property. In addition, you may be able to add a two-storey rear extension of up to three metres in length. However, it is worth checking with the LPA first.You should also note that the measurements refer to extending the property beyond either its original dimensions when built or as they stood on 1st July 1948. If there is a previous extension, you may need to apply for planning permission.
For larger single-story rear extensions, up to eight metres on a detached property and six metres otherwise, you will need to provide ‘prior notification’.
What is Prior Notification?
Prior notification is a type of permitted development that requires you to talk to the LPA in advance of the work. This could be Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council or any other council in the Midlands.
The process is a bit more involved, but is still preferable to seeking planning permission. When you provide prior notification, the LPA debates the nature of the development, the materials used and so on. They may require homeowners looking for large extensions to notify their boundary neighbours. If there are no objections, or the LPA dismisses any objections, you can press on with the work.
What is Not Allowed Through Permitted Development in Leicester?
Leicester’s LPA can remove permitted development rights in certain circumstances. For example, if you live in a conservation area, you might not be able to extend using PD. In Leicester, these areas include Stoneygate, Evington and Humberstone.
Further afield, across Leicestershire there are conservation areas in parts of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Coalville, Market Harborough and more. If you live in a conservation area, you should contact Leicester City Council or Leicestershire County Council for guidance.
Councils can also restrict permitted development rights in world heritage sites, national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.
How Permitted Development in Leicester Helps You Improve Your Home
Providing you don’t live in a restricted area, permitted development in Leicester, Leicestershire and the rest of the Midlands means you can easily improve your home. If you want an extension, a cellar conversion, a loft conversion or to renovate an outbuilding, there should be no problem. Simply call Beeby Construction Services to start the ball rolling.
We are extremely knowledgeable about permitted development in Leicester and beyond. This means we can guide you through the process easily. If you have any questions, just contact us. We will help you create a beautiful new space in your home.
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