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Monday, July 06, 2009

Landlords and loft conversions

New rules on loft conversions introduced by the Government in October which were supposed to make getting the correct consents easier and more straight forward have had the opposite effect. This is because the rules that indicate when a planning application is not required for a loft conversion can and is being interpreted differently by the various planning authorities across the country.

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One of the provisos of whether a planning application is required or that the scheme is considered to be 'permitted development' is whether the materials used in the conversion are considered similar to the existing according to reports in Homes & Property. Therefore landlords looking to improve or extend their property through a loft conversion could be in for a postcode lottery as to whether their local authority will allow it through or not. Good luck and let the force be with you!

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1 comment:

Pete said...

If you go for a simple conversion with velux rooflights its very unlikely that you would need planning permission. Theres some good info about loft conversion planning at http://www.aboutloftconversions.co.uk/building-controls.html - it explains building regs and planning in simple terms - simple enough for me to understand, and I'm pretty simple :)