Home Blog Did You Know The Rules Around Extending Properties Have Been Permanently Relaxed?

Did You Know The Rules Around Extending Properties Have Been Permanently Relaxed?

If you are currently in two minds whether to move house or extend your property, you may be more encouraged to stay where you are and install a conservatory after the government announced that the temporary relaxation of planning laws will now be permanent.

Large Edwardian Conservatory

What it means is that you won’t have to apply for planning permission if building a six-metre single-storey rear extension at a terraced house or eight-metre single-storey rear extension if your home is detached as they are ‘Permitted Developments’.

Having to make a planning application costs £206 in England and it can take several weeks for the relevant local authority to inform you if they’re happy for the extension to be built or not.

What happens instead is that once a council has been notified about a proposed extension, they will inform any neighbouring houses to give them the chance to raise any justifiable objections. When an objection is received, the council will then make the final decision and assess whether the extension can be built or otherwise.

The rules were originally relaxed in 2014 in an effort to get Britain building and try and overcome the housing shortage crisis, giving families the opportunity to create added space without going through the usual tiresome red tape.

It’s believed that over 110,000 extensions have been constructed since then and we anticipate that figure will continue to rise over the coming years.

Extending in these circumstances is far less stressful than relocating, and costs far less money. Many householders move home more out of necessity rather than a deep desire to exchange their existing home for a new one. You don’t have to do that if the addition of a six-metre single-storey or eight-metre single-storey rear extension will adequately accommodate your family going forwards.

5 Star would be delighted to help you take advantage of this permanent change in the rules around home extensions by supplying you with one of our five-star conservatories. Click here and we can quote you for one.







Read what's going on at 5 Star

Are You Up-To-Date With Current Conservatory Décor Styles?

When was the last time you updated your conservatory décor in some way? It could be something that you have never done since the extension…

Read more

How A New Back Door Can Transform The Back Of Your House

We’re forever being reminded of the importance of having an attractive front entrance if we want our homes to make a good first impression. It’s…

Read more

Special Summer Offers Now On – Get A Quote Today

While we’re all patiently waiting for some proper summer weather to arrive, we have news that will warm your heart if you want to improve…

Read more
Get a quote now! Request a brochure Book appointment

All content © 5 Star Construction Services Ltd.

5 Star Windows & Conservatories is the trading name of 5 Star Constructions Services Limited and is a credit broker not a lender.

Credit is subject to application and affordability. Terms and conditions apply. £1000 minimum order value applies to all finance plans, with a maximum loan value of £50,000 and a minimum deposit of £99.00. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. 5 Star Construction Services Limited, Worcester Road, Kidderminster DY10 1JR. Company Number 07576276 is a credit broker and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Credit provided by Hitachi Personal Finance, a trading style of Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Register no. 704348).