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L-shaped house - extending upwards

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by devsigner, 14 Aug 2016.

  1. devsigner

    devsigner

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    Hi

    We have an L-shaped cottage.

    It's been L-shaped for at least 150 years, probably more.

    Please see the attached images.

    The blue bit is about 350 years old (original).

    The green bits are about 150 years old (original).

    The bits in white were added after 1948 (extensions).

    We've been told that an extension must be "subservient" to "the original dwelling".

    We want to go up over the green section to add more bedrooms upstairs.

    We won't go higher than the main ridge or eaves heights.

    Do we need to worry about subservience given that the volume/space that we are adding is above the footprint of the original dwelling?

    Expert opinions welcome!

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    Last edited: 14 Aug 2016
  2. wessex101

    wessex101

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    Who told you it had to be subservient?

    Whilst it is certainly good practice it is not set in stone, it depends on the property. I have done extensions where the roof is higher than the original house and adds significant volume to the property but the design worked and it looked OK so the Planners approved it.

    If the design is good enough it will be judged on its merits.
     
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