Wraparound extensions are a popular addition to many properties that have limited space inside and has plenty of redundant space to the side and the rear of the property. They have been exciting additions to ground floor apartments and to larger properties with a refurbishment project underway, but what are the planning rights and regulations that you have to be aware of when it comes to a wraparound extension on your property? Whenever you begin with a project such as this, for any extension, it is best to be as fully informed as possible before commencing with work. Finding architects with planning knowledge and those that are well-versed in all things planning regulations and permissions, will help any project be as proactive as possible and understand how to react best to any potential planning bumps further down the road.
Under permitted development, you do have the right to extend your home along the side of your home and at the rear of the property without first seeking planning permission, if they are separate. However, if you plan to join these together in an L-shaped wraparound extension, you will need to seek planning permission before starting the work. All wraparound extensions therefore fall under the need to gain planning permission and do not fall under permitted development rights.
The local planning office will only look at some conditions relating to a wraparound extension. These ‘material planning considerations’ include whether the extension causes loss of light or overshadowing to neighbouring buildings, has an impact on listed buildings or the local conservation area, or the impact on the character of the local area. The design and materials used will also be placed under consideration, as will the scale and dominance of the structure and whether this impacts on the privacy of surrounding buildings and plots of land.
A well designed, structurally sound wraparound extension can add value to a property. This is one of the reasons why it is such a popular addition to a home. The best way to ensure that all planning regulations are met, is to make sure that you are always ahead of the game. If you go ahead and build an extension without consent and planning permission, to later find that it goes against the wishes of the Local Authority, it can be costly to take down as well as potentially cause you legal troubles. This is why an architect should be consulted prior to any work taking place.
Once you have a basic understanding of your planning rights in terms of the development of your property, you can go into any project with more confidence. Having the backing of an experienced architecture firm and designers with the knowledge of many different types of refurbishments and developments takes the weight off your shoulders and provides you with the knowledge that time will not be wasted on planning and design that won’t get past the Local Authority. That is why it is always best to be as proactive as possible and look at every detail and planning regulation that might cause a problem, prior to any work commencing.