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building to the boundary/moving the boundary

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by Bluebirdnick, 12 Sep 2019.

  1. Bluebirdnick

    Bluebirdnick

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    Hi all

    We have PP to do a two storey side extension on our house. It will leave a 1m gap between the extension and the extension to give access to the garden (and because the general rule is you want to stay at least a meter inside the boundary for a two-storey extension). On the other side of teh boundary is a private lane, providing access to two bungalows behind our garden. The lane is long - those bungalows are a good 40-50m behind our house. The lane is bordered by a hedge on both sides. towards teh front of the lane (and adjacent to where we want to do our extension) the hedge is made up of all sorts - mostly thin, unattractive plants. from there on it is a large laurel hedge (4-5m tall) which the owner of the lane is very attached to (and for good reason - it looks smart). It currently looks like this:

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    Existing planning permission will give us this:

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    Anyway- the side extension will leave us with a bedroom that is just over 3m wide. I want it to be wider than that which means extending to the boundary at the second storey level.

    I've got 2 ways to do this:

    1) overhang the second storey by a meter i.e. build it to the boundary but leave the ground floor a meter inside (I want to retain access to the back garden, and the path on the other side of the property is too narrow at about 500mm).

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    2) buy a small parcel of land from the owner of the lane, 1m wide and about 10m long, alongside the side extension. Like this:

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    Option 2 is my preference as it will allow us to build a "normal" extension, just a meter wider than the original plan so we get a larger downstairs too.

    If I assume that the lane owner would be willing to sell etc etc, am I right in thinking that Option 2 would give me far less PP issues than OPtion 1 would? Under option 1 I am building to the boundary at second storey level which is generally something that would, I understand, be rejected but as we have the lane between us and the next property I don't think it would create a terracing effect. And if I am right, are there any other issues I need to consider eg change in use of the land I am buying?

    Before I go and speak to the lane owner and offer to buy that parcel of land I want to make sure that it will make my life easier from a planning perspective! It just seems a bit odd that I could build exactly the same building under options 1 and 2, but the fact that I own a bit of land next to it could be the difference between getting PP or not.

    Any thoughts welcome. THanks
     
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  2. securespark

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    I would talk to planning and see if w.hat you want to do is doable.
     
  3. ^woody^

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    Not building to the boundary is policy intended to prevent terracing. If there are no adjacent buildings, then the policy would not apply. Check your council's policy wording.
     
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