Watford Loft Conversion Plans & Designs
Understanding when and how a loft can be converted without planning permission is absolutely crucial. Likewise the engineering and the vision behind it.
You might think that if there's any doubt, the safest thing would be to apply for planning permission. But you'd be wrong!
One of our repeat clients, himself a seasoned builder, recently obtained a lawful development certificate from us for his own loft conversion. Just after he finished the work, it turned out that his property was exempt from the scheme. Were it not for the certificate we had obtained, he would have had to dismantle it. Planning permission would have almost certainly been refused.
Loft conversion plans for houses are generally lawful to build without planning permission - see our general list below.
Why not call us and check how the rules apply to your property. For no commitment, no fee - loft conversion plans in Watford call 01923 60 61 60. We're happy to help.
Planning Permission For Your Loft Conversion
These are specific to "the enlargement of a dwellinghouse consisting of an addition or alteration to its roof" as detailed in Schedule 2, Part 1, Class B of the The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended).
There are different rules for "any other alteration to the roof of a dwellinghouse" (Schedule 2, Part 1, Class C) which are detailed in our 'Roof' section.
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.
Please note: For an explanation of how to apply the 20cm set back condition please see pages 35-36 of 'Permitted development for householders - Technical guidance', see below.
* Bear in mind that any previous roof space additions must be included within the volume allowances listed above. Although you may not have created additional space a previous owner may have done so.
** Designated areas include national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.
Where does this loft conversion planning permission apply?
Please note: The permitted development allowances described here apply to houses and not to:
- Flats and maisonettes (view our guidance on flats and maisonettes)
- Converted houses or houses created through the permitted development rights to change use (as detailed in our change of use section)
- Other buildings
- Areas where there may be a planning condition, Article 4 Direction or other restriction that limits permitted development rights.
Just Plans can help guide you through this process: for loft conversion plans in Watford - call 01923 60 61 60
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