Planning to alter your property? You’ve got to do it by the book or you could fall foul of the law. The planning system is administered by the local council and operates within a framework set by central government. It can be a bit daunting but get your head round it and that dream extension could be well on the way to being built.
Please may I? New planning laws cover a wide range of building projects, from extensions to loft conversions, outbuildings to solar panels. This regulation allows homeowners to bypass planning permission costing up to £1,000 for extensions up to three metres from the original property and for loft conversions of less than 50 cubic metres. For a list of common projects and the planning guidelines that apply, visit the Central Government website for planning and Building Regulations information in England and Wales, The Planning Portal. For more information about changing a listed building see Living with Listed Buildings. Remember, if in doubt, consult your local office.