What better time to be thinking about extending your house with a conservatory than 2017, and why would this be, you may ask? Prior to May 2013 homeowners were limited to extending their properties up to 4 metres for detached houses and 3 metres for all other properties with a single storey. However, under the government Neighbour Consultation Scheme, which only runs until May 2019, conservatories can be doubled in size to 8 metres and 6 metres respectively depending on the style of property.
Although there is a process to go through, more on that in a minute, it does mean the lengthy process of planning permission is not an issue, and with Castle Conservatories help, will give you that extensive dream space to enhance your home.
So how does this process work:
You must notify your local planning authority and provide the following:
- Written description of what you propose including the length the conservatory will extend beyond the rear wall of the original house.
- A plan of the site.
- The addresses of any properties that adjoin yours.
- Your project manager/developer details including an email address.
The local authority will then serve notice on all adjoining properties, giving the address of the proposed development, a description and the above information.
They will also give dates as to when the application was received, when the 42 day determination period will start and how long and by what date neighbours can make objections (with a minimum of 21 days). A copy of this will also be sent to your developer.
Once this process is complete and there are no objections then you can start to realise your dreams of extending your home.
So how can Castle help. With our 25 years’ experience of planning and design management we can really assist in getting your project from concept to completion. Unlike many companies who outsource aspects of the build we are able to provide a full service, everything from tiling to electrics and plumbing to make this a hassle-free experience from start to finish
But remember if you are planning to extend your home this government initiative means that builds have to be completed by 30 May 2019, so get planning now.