5 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Home Without Planning Permission

September 5, 2022

Most large alterations to a home require planning permission from local authorities before proceeding with a project. However, there are a few changes that can be made to your home that don’t require planning permission at all, on the grounds that they are ‘pre-approved’ under a home owners Permitted Development Rights.


What is Permitted Development?


Under Permitted Development rights, minor additions or alterations to a property are allowed. Of course this is still subject to any additional restrictions in place regarding ‘listed’ properties and its location, so it is advisable to check with planning authority before proceeding. However, we have hand picked our top 5 alterations that can be undertaken without the hassle of planning permission.

1. Internal Remodelling

It is typically permitted for you to alter the internal structure of your property, within permitted development rules and regulations. However, this does not apply is you are trying to restructure and increase your house’s square-footage or size.

This improvement is a better alternative than relocating entirely. Instead, you can improve your home by remodelling it, spend a small amount of the money that you would on a new home to fitting it with newly designed rooms.



2. Loft Conversions

You may be in need of a little more space and a refresh of your home. Often, some are too quick to look to move house instead of perusing a loft conversion project.

Under Permitted Development Rights, a loft conversion can be carried out as long as it does not exceed 40 cubic metres. Or just over 100 square foot of space. But investing in a loft conversion is one of the smartest ways to improve the value of your home while also adding some extra living space.



3. Garden Patio or Decking

For any outdoor-decking structure or model, there is typically no requirement for planning permission. As long as it doesn’t room more than 0.3 metres from the ground.

Adding a new patio or decking is a great way to expand your outdoor living space, both are easy to maintain and add a new spice of life to your garden.



4. Swimming Pools

Adding a swimming pool for some summer time fun is permitted as long as it doesn’t occupy more than half the garden area.

Adding a swimming pool to your outdoor space compliments the existing aesthetics or creates a new one for your garden. If you’re planning a landscape project to revitalise your garden, this would be the best time to do it.

Even if your garden is small in small, adding a Plunge pool, lap pools or a compact pool are great additions to your outdoor environment if you’re limited on space.



5. Solar Panels

Under permitted development rights, solar panels can be installed onto a wall or roof as long as they do not extend more than 0.2 metres beyond the surface to which they are attached to.

Either having flat roof or slopping roof panels provide an excellent source of renewable energy for your home. A good long-term investment when looking to cut-back on those energy bills.

It is important to note that is you live within a Conversation Area you may face certain restrictions regardless.


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