Opening up fireplace for aesthetics require approval?

27 Jan 2014
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United Kingdom

I wondered if somebody could clarify something for me please? I've had an offer accepted on a house and assuming everything goes through I'd like to try and open up the existing fireplace in the lounge.

I've marked on the attached photo what I think is the builders opening. Is that right? Assuming a lintel is in place above (I'll obviously check!) I'm planning on taking the fireplace back to what I've marked on as the builders opening and then adding a new slate hearth atop the existing concrete constructional hearth.

I can't afford to install a stove/liner at the moment so for now I'd just leave the space empty. My question is, do I need building regs sign off if I'm not installing a fire at the moment? I'd make sure the slate hearth was compliant in terms of front/side spacing etc so that I can at a later date add a fire and be compliant but I wasn't sure if I'd need approval to take the fireplace back to the existing builders opening?

Can anyone see any problems with the above plan?

Many thanks for your help

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