Residential Extensions and Outbuildings


There are numerous benefits to enlarging your house (or flat); it allows you to stay in the home you love whilst giving you more space, it usually adds significant value to your most precious asset and it can give you a luxurious lifestyle that would otherwise be out of reach. However, there can be considerable obstacles to achieving this, not least negotiating the maze-like planning regulations. Here at Vitality Planning and Design, we pride ourselves on showing you the way through, letting you know what is achievable and helping you get the most out of your home.


Below is a general guide to some of the typical types of extensions, outbuildings and other works available, with their planning benefits and problems. After reading and considering your development options, why not give us a call? We would be delighted to discuss your proposal for free, possible problems and ways to make the most of your property (click HERE for more information on this). It should be noted that whilst many of these types of development can be achieved under permitted development (for single houses only), it is normally possible to achieve more than is set within permitted development limitations by applying for planning permission.




Rear Extensions



These are the most common form of extension, and the easiest to get permission for. Single storey extensions are usually acceptable, subject to having limited impact on your neighbours, and can include conservatories, lean-to's, awnings and verandahs. Getting a two-storey rear extension is much more challenging due to their greater impact on neighbours and being more visually prominent, but can be achieved with the right design and suitable spacing away from neighbouring houses.


Side Extensions



These are also a very common form of extension, and are normally possible. Due to their more prominent position in the streetscene, they would need to be less visually prominent. Single storey extensions are normally suitable, subject to appropriate size and design. Two storey extensions have a much greater impact on the streetscene, but can be suitable when designed so as to be subordinate and in keeping with the character and appearance of the area. 


Front extensions and Porches


The most typical form of extension is the porch, which is normally acceptable in principle in most areas, although they can be controversial in Conservation Areas. Other types of front extension can be difficult to achieve, as they don't accord with the pattern of development in the area and are visually prominent in the streetscene. However, in some circumstances they can be acceptable.


Roof extensions, dormers and rooflights




Many people don't realise how much potential space their is in their roofs; as an area to extend it should not underestimated as it can be a very cost-effective way of increasing your floor area. Most houses have the potential for a rear roof extension (sometimes in the form of a dormer), a hip to gable roof extension (if the roof is gabled) and front facing rooflights. Front roof extensions can be very difficult to achieve, but there can be circumstances where it is acceptable.


Basement extensions


With the value of residential properties continuing to rise, excavations to form a basement can be a great way to get more space, and can offer very high quality living, with plenty of daylight. Whilst the multi-storey "super basements" have proven highly controversial, obtaining permission for a more modest enlargement is quite feasible with most properties.






Small buildings at the end of your rear garden can be a great way to get more storage space, a gym, games room, a home office, a hobby room, swimming pool, sauna or maybe even a rear garage. Whatever it is you are seeking, most houses have the potential to accommodate this type of development. Obtaining permission for front outbuildings is normally far more difficult, though refuse and bicycle storage facilities can be feasible also.


Other types of alterations



Patios and/or decking can provide pleasant and attractive amenity space, whilst making your rear garden more accessible and lower maintenance. Whilst these are a popular form of development, it is not well known that many raised patios and decking areas often require planning permission. Given this, if you are considering this type of development it is better to make sure you are compliant with the rules regarding this. We can help you achieve this.


You may also be interested in other works to your house, such as a vehicular crossing (dropped kerb); hard surfacing to provide a drive; new fences, walls, gates and other types of boundary treatment; satellite dishes and CCTV systems. All of these types of development we can help you get the relevant consent for. Please click HERE for more information on these.

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