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Permitted Development Leicester

Permitted Development Leicester

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. 

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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’. 

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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. 

We are based in Leicester, but we have excellent coverage across the Midlands, including:

Leicester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby, Coventry, Hinckley, Beeston, Lichfield, Swadlincote, Rugby, Tamworth, Loughborough, Burton upon Trent, Ashby de la Zouch, Sutton Coldfield, West Bridgford, Measham, Long Eaton, Stapleford, Sudbury, Coalville, Melbourne, Solihull, Lutterworth. 

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Observations of a Garage Conversion Specialist in Birmingham

Garage Conversion Planning 

Unless, of course, you live in a listed building. A listed building is one of historic value and significance. You always need to apply for special permits when making alterations to protected building. But for every other type of modern home, you can simply make the conversion without needing permission. It’s one of the easiest and cheapest ways of creating an extension to your home without increasing the floor space or incurring expense too much expense.

Space is at a Premium

To many people, a garage is dead space; few people keep their vehicles in it these days because the driveway is more convenient. It’s a dumping ground for stuff you don’t know what else to do with. That’s effectively a whole room going to waste. 

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It Increases the Home’s Value

A garage conversion is an extra room created without adding to any of the floor plan space. Much like converting a loft into a spare bedroom, it’s an asset for your home regardless of use. Even if you’re not looking to sell now or in the near future, it will increase the home’s value. At a time when house prices are all over the place, a little bit extra is never going to hurt even if you do want to sell.

Lower Cost

The integral structure of the building is already there. With a garage conversion, you don’t need an extension. Therefore, it’s a much cheaper way of improving your home. Most homeowners in Birmingham seeking garage conversions from Beeby Construction want to improve their properties. But they have a smaller budget, and neither the time nor the inclination to consider a larger extension. This is a great compromise for all concerned.

Quick and Painless

Do you have a new addition to the family such as a baby or an elderly relative moving in with you? Selling a home can be time consuming. If your household finances are already stretched, moving may even be out of the question. But you do need to make space for the new addition, if not immediately, then soon enough. A garage conversion allows you to rejig your home’s floor plan, either turning it into an annex, or switching out the old utility room into the garage. Essentially, a garage helps you better use of the space you have.

Are you a home owner in Birmingham considering a garage conversion? Why not give Beeby Construction a call for a quick chat about your needs on 01530 610527, or mobile 07849 456962.

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5 Top Benefits of Loft and Garage Conversions

Aside from the boosted living space, we understand that the positives of a loft or garage conversion aren’t always obvious. In this article, we’re going to take you through the top 5 benefits that you can reap from converting your unused space into something more practical. Read on to find out more.

1) Boosted house value

If you own the home that you’re living in or are still in the process of paying it off, a garage or loft conversion will add a serious chunk to your house value.

When the time comes to sell, you’ll be able to set the asking price significantly higher than it currently is, because you’ve got an additional room or two to offer to potential buyers. In most instances, you’ll be looking at a 20% price increase, which is a lot of money regardless of the current size of your property.

2) More space

If you’ve done it before, you’ll be more than aware that, while exciting, moving house is a massive hassle.

By converting your loft or garage, you’ll add much-needed space to your home that’ll give you some extra room to breathe – especially if you’ve got young children.

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3) Reduce the need to upsize

Some of us love the family homes that we grow up in and are reluctant to move when the space gets too small. With loft and garage conversions, you can put wasted space to use and reduce the need to upsize to a new property.

If you’ve got a young family, this will save uprooting them to move to a new area, too. They’ll love being able to stay in the home they grew up in for longer, as well as not having to face the risk of potentially moving schools.

4) Boost your energy efficiency

No matter which way you look at it, climate change is happening and we’ve all got to do our part to reduce its impact. On the plus side, this will also help to save you money.

If you’ve got an older property, the chances are that the insulation isn’t as good as it could be. By converting your loft and garage space into extra rooms, you’ll be able to reduce your energy wastage and increase the savings you’ll make as a result. On top of that, you’ll end up with extra living space that you can repurpose as you see fit.

5) Make working from home easier

With the increased flexibility that employers are offering their staff, it’s getting more and more common for people to work from home for part or all of the week.

By getting a loft or garage conversion, you’ll be able to create a dedicated living space that you can use as a home office. A home office that’s separate from everything else will ensure that you can keep work life and family life separate.If you’re interested in learning more about how a loft or garage conversion could work for you, get in touch with our friendly team today.

Builder in Leicestershire and Surrounding Counties 

We are a Leicestershire based builder, but enjoy excellent coverage across the Midlands 
 

Leicester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby, Coventry, Hinckley, Beeston, Lichfield, Swadlincote, Rugby, Tamworth, Loughborough, Burton upon Trent, Ashby de la Zouch, Sutton Coldfield, West Bridgford, Measham, Long Eaton, Stapleford, Sudbury, Coalville, Melbourne, Solihull, Lutterworth