Planning amnesty ends in next Spring
- 27th April 2015
- Property Tips
Homeowners should act now to take advantage of relaxed rules on building an extension without planning permission
Increasing the value of a house through building an extension could become more difficult next year. Rules currently in place allow home extensions up to a certain size to be undertaken without applying for planning permission.
However the amnesty is due to come to an end next Spring and with the outcome of the general election still unclear there is no guarantee that it will be extended.
A rear extension, a loft conversion, and adding a conservatory all fall under Permitted Development rules. Any work undertaken must still be within a predetermined framework, which has rules on things like size and materials, but is much easier than applying for planning permission.
Stephen Ludlow, Chairman of ludlowthompson, says; “Extending a property, as long as it is done appropriately, should almost always add value. In London in particular, many buyers are looking to move into houses which already have everything they want and extra space for entertaining or relaxing can significantly increase the attractiveness of a property to potential buyers.”
“In order to take advantage of the current rules, and build in the easier summer months, homeowners must begin planning an extension now, or face potentially being caught up in an onerous planning case further down the line.”
Extending a property, as long as it is done appropriately, should almost always add value.
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