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What is Permitted Development?

July 17, 2023

In the UK, homeowners can carry out certain types of development on their property without the need for planning permission through a regulation known as permitted development. The Silver Fern team are working on building projects in Exeter under permitted development rights and with full planning permission right now so we have a good understanding of what types of project can be completed under permitted developments rights.   In this blog post we will provide insights into permitted development, alongside an example, ways to determine if a project qualifies, and highlight how we can guide you through this process.  Here are some questions that we get asked most frequently;

What is classed as a Permitted Development?

Permitted development refers to construction or alterations that can be carried out on a property without obtaining planning permission from the local authorities. These permitted development rights cover a range of projects including house extensions, loft conversions and garage conversions to allow homeowners to make improvements to their properties more easily and quickly. 

What is an Example of a Permitted Development:

In Exeter examples of permitted development projects that we have completed include single storey rear and side house extensions, loft conversions, garage conversions, knock throughs and remodelling inside the house as well as constructing external buildings such as garden offices.

How do you know if something is Permitted Development:

The UK government provide detailed guidance in this document to help you understand whether the home improvement project that you’re considering falls within permitted development rights;

There’s no getting away from it, it's a really long document but we are familiar with the guidelines at Silver Fern so can help research and highlight areas of the regulations that apply to your project.  Factors such as the property's location, type, and size of the proposed development, as well as potential impact on the neighbouring properties and the environment, are considered. Generally an extension or external alteration should match the existing property externally ie rendered external walls, slate roof tiles if pitched roof etc

What Size Extension Can I Build under Permitted Development in Exeter?

As a general rule, a single-storey rear extension should not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by more than 3 metres for an attached property or 4 metres for a detached house. However, it's important to note that these limitations can be influenced by other factors such as conservation areas or listed buildings.  There are other factors that can alter permitted development rights such as the proposed extension covering over 50% of the curtilage and the proposed height of the extension.

Silver Fern Developments: Your Trusted Guide

Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed, just give us a call and we can walk you through exploring permitted development options for your home improvements in Devon or Exeter.  This is what we do every day so it is much easier for us to assess and advise you.   We are experts in our field and can assess your project's compliance with the guidelines and limitations, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free process.

To explore the full range of services and expertise offered by Silver Fern Developments, call Matt now on 01392 703373 or browse our website now

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