Why move out? A Loft Conversion could be right for you as it’s the most cost effective way of creating that space.

Planning Permission

Planning permission is not always required. However, permission is required where you extend or alter the roof space and it exceeds specified limits and conditions. A loft conversion for your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space for terraced houses*
  • A volume allowance of 50 cubic metres additional roof space for detached and semi-detached houses*
  • No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway
  • No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof
  • Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms
  • Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor
  • Roof extensions not to be permitted development in designated areas**
  • Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as practicable, at least 20cm from the original eaves
  • The roof enlargement cannot overhang the outer face of the wall of the original house.

Add value to your home

You can add value to your property by way of a loft conversion, creating that all important space from an area that is only used for your household clutter. Why not open that loft space up to achieve an extra bedroom, bathroom or both and use the space to its full potential. Maybe your family is growing and you don’t want to increase into the footprint of your property by way of an extension, in that case a loft conversion is ideal for you. This will allow you to gain extra space without the need to use up any of your valuable garden space.

Creating space and adding market value need not be expensive as conversions offer the cheapest means of home expansion – this can be achieved by utilising the existing structure of the property which in turn provides a quick solution to those who are seeking additional room for their growing families.

Loft conversions will usually fall within permitted development rights so the need to seek planning permission will be unlikely however other restrictions may apply.

 Expert Tip – Local Research

“If your house is within a conservation area this may limit the scope for increasing the loft space using a dormer – this obstacle may not rule out a loft conversion but it may just add to the complexity of the project”

Need more information?

We’ve created a guide that should see all of your questions answered this is to help you choose whether a loft conversion is right for you we also have a guide to the different types of loft conversion and information regarding loft conversion planning permission, if you can’t find the information that you’re looking for below simply contact us at Burns Build, we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you have…