Planning laws for loft conversions…

January 22nd 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge

If you would like to add value to your current home then a good way to do this would be to extend your current floor space. If you have an underdeveloped loft space this could be a good place to consider, as they are usually much cheaper to convert compared to adding an extension or converting a cellar.
Here are the Government’s planning guidelines on loft conversions:
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.

Although most loft developments come under permitted development laws, it’s always best to ask your local council before carrying out any work.
If you would like to given an idea of how much equity you will be adding to your property if you develop your attic space then why not pop into your local branch of Goodfellows or give our team a call on 0845 3727070.