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Permitted Development


Permitted Development grants rights to enable homeowners to undertake certain types of work without the need to apply for planning permission.


With Permitted Development , homeowners have the opportunity to make changes to their property without needing formal planning approval. In this comprehensive guide, we explore the rules and regulations of permitted development and how Studio FRI can assist you in maximising your property's potential.


1. What is Allowed Under Permitted Development


Permitted development grants homeowners the freedom to carry out certain types of building work without the need for planning permission. This includes a wide range of alterations and extensions to residential properties, such as:

- Small-scale extensions

- Loft conversions

- Garage conversions

- Installation of solar panels

- Construction of outbuildings

- Alterations to the exterior of the property, including windows and doors

By adhering to specific criteria outlined in permitted development regulations, homeowners can enhance their living spaces with ease.


2. What Size Extension Can You Build Within Permitted Development


Single-storey rear extensions must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house* by more than 4m if a detached house; or more than 3m for any other house.


3. How Many Times Can You Build Under Permitted Development


Permitted development rights are not limited to a specific number of uses. However, it's essential to ensure that any proposed development complies with the relevant regulations and restrictions outlined by permitted development guidelines. Studio FRI can provide expert advice on maximising the use of permitted development rights while adhering to legal requirements.


4. When Can Permitted Development Be Refused?


While permitted development grants homeowners significant freedom, there are instances where local authorities may refuse proposed developments. Common reasons for refusal include:


- Non-compliance with permitted development restrictions and criteria


- Impact on the character and appearance of the local area


- Concerns regarding highway safety and traffic flow


- Potential harm to protected wildlife habitats or heritage assets


Studio FRI works closely with clients to mitigate these risks and address any concerns raised by local authorities, ensuring a smooth approval process.


5. What is the 50% Rule for Permitted Development?


The 50% rule stipulates that any extension or addition to a property carried out under permitted development must not exceed 50% of the total area of land around the original house. This includes the area covered by any existing buildings, excluding the original house itself.


How Studio FRI Can Help


As experts in architectural design and planning, Studio FRI offers comprehensive services to homeowners seeking to utilise permitted development rights. From initial consultation to project completion, our team provides tailored solutions that maximise your property's potential while ensuring compliance with permitted development regulations.

Whether you're considering a small-scale extension, loft conversion, or alterations to your property, Studio FRI is here to guide you through every step of the process. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you unlock the full potential of your property through permitted development.

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