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How to beat the planners!

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

So you would like to extend… but in three directions?

A “one size fits all” single planning application may not necessarily be the most effective way of obtaining the necessary consents. It could be refused, so a combined approach incorporating separate applications for Permitted Development works (obtaining a Lawful Development Certificate) as well as submitting Householder Planning Application(s) may be the most appropriate way.

Planning legislation accords different rules in respect of different types of extensions, dependant on whether they are proposed at the front, side or rear of your property. Other relevant factors include whether your home is detached, semi-detached or otherwise linked to neighbouring properties and also whether previous extensions have been constructed by either yourself or previous occupants.

A combined approach involving three separate applications was deemed most appropriate for a detached property in rural Buckinghamshire. The homeowner wished to apply for consent for three distinct and separate extensions to their property, and PCMS Design reviewed these in the context of current planning legislation to propose a planning strategy encompassing sequential applications for each extension.

The first extension, a two-storey side extension was secured using a Householder Planning application. A second application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a rear, single-storey kitchen extension was submitted citing relevant justification, and consent was duly granted. A third application, this time using a Householder Planning application for a generous porch extension, was submitted.

The end result is a consent for a significant increase in living space, that would not have been approved had it formed the basis of a single application. The homeowner is delighted. If you would like advice on how to maximise the potential of your property, PCMS Design can help.