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Existing Ground Floor Extension Flat Roof to Pitched - Planning Permission?

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by Lewis7, 25 May 2018.

  1. Lewis7

    Lewis7

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    Hi All

    I am looking to buy a semi-detached property which currently has a rear ground floor extension (extension also goes slightly down one side of the house) and as the roof needs re-felting etc. I would like to know/clarify whether changing this roof to a pitched roof would require Planning Permission (PP) and/or what the restrictions would be if it doesn't need PP. Anyone had any experience with this?

    I am under the impression that if you construct a ground floor extension you can do this with a pitched roof as long as it isn't taller than the existing roof line of the main property without requiring PP (along with other restrictions) under permitted development rights. Therefore, would I be correct in assuming the same rules would apply to altering this extension?

    Thanks,

    Lewis
     
  2. jonbey

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    If the extension is larger than a PD extension, then you probably don't have right to change to pitched roof.
    I am guessing.
    Call the council, they should be able to tell you over the phone.
    Alternatively, if it is still free to do so, send in a PD approval request explaining your plans, and they will soon reject it if it is not PD.
     
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    When you have it surveyed, instruct the surveyor to comment on the practicalities and regulatory constraints. Also instruct your legal advisor to find out if any legal or property restrictions exist, if this is important to your purchase.
     
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    Rather than reject the request, they will probably advise applying for a LDC at a cost of around £100, and then tell the OP it is not permitted development, once they have banked the cheque.
     
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    yeah, I heard you have to pay now. It was free for PD with my local authority when I last did it.

    Probably the sensible thing to do is look at the neighbours houses and ask yourself if a pitched roof will block their light. If it looks like it might be a bit imposing, knock on their door and ask them - say "hi, I am thinking of buying the house next door, but if I do, I'd want to put a pitched roof on it, how do you feel about that?". If they tell you to FO, then find another house!
     
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