In a continued effort to aid the UK’s housing crisis, planning permission statutes covering extensions are once again set to be re-evaluated in May of next year. Simply put, space isn’t as available as it once was. To help installers and tradesmen better prepare – as well as conform to the temporary requirements – we thought we’d take the time to explore the proposed changes and what this will specifically mean for any tradesmen offering extensions to homeowners going forward.
Temporary increases to the size limits for single-storey rear extensions
For the longest time, it’s been relatively straightforward for the industry to offer homeowners the joys of a conservatory or orangery without the need to apply for planning permission, just as long as the structure abided by certain statutes. The extension, for example, cannot exceed over half the square footage of the original property or consist of verandas, balconies, or front elevations.
Now there’s a lot more factors to consider when it comes to single-storey rear extensions. And although temporary, we predict that many of these ‘temporary’ increases to the size limits will stay in place following the government’s re-evaluation 30 May 2019 due to the need for more homes in Britain. For the full list of details we’d recommend visiting this link for a full breakdown: https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/17/extensions
Recommended steps to take
The most important course of action is to ensure that with any future extensions you and your business abide by the various factors listed in the above article – at least until the review has been conducted. In addition to this, we recommend informing customers of these changes, making them aware that what’s possible with their planned extension might change after May 2019 for better or for worse. As a general rule, if they’d be happy to go forward with their extension under the current temporary size limitations and it will work for them, there’ no reason to hesitate.
Extensions of between four and eight metres for detached houses and between three and six metres for all other houses, must go through a process dubbed the ‘Neighbour Consultation Scheme’. In layman’s terms this means notifying local council authorities of your intention to build a large extension, who will then consult with neighbouring residents.
What’s the solution going forward?
In the long-term, industry researchers and analysts are predicting that the solution to housing could be to build upwards rather than outwards. This doesn’t hold any credence as far as present extension planning requirements are concerned but is still worth keeping in mind for how properties could be expanded in the near future. Planning law reforms might go that far at present.
Alex Trade – Keeping installers and their customers informed
The temporary increases to the size limits for single-storey rear extensions and potential future changes are just the latest sign of the construction industry’s flexibility. Whether you’re concerned with meeting energy efficiency standards, security certification, or Building Regulations, Alex Trade Frames have the experience, products, and know-how to help North West installers.