Loft & Basement Conversions

5 Guidelines For Permitted Development: Bristol Lofts

September 14, 2016

Here are 5 guidelines for permitted development for loft conversions in Bristol

1. In order for the loft conversion to be counted as “permitted development” the additional roof space created should not exceed the following:

(a)40 cubic metres for terraced houses.

(b) 50 cubic metres for detached and
semi-detached houses.

Any previous roof adjustments must also be included within this range, anything above this would require specific planning permission.

2. If a loft conversion is due to take place on designated land, this is not classed as permitted development, designated land is protected land, therefore one would require planning permission for a build project of this scale (and many other building projects for that matter).

3. The materials need to be in keeping or “similar” to the materials already used on the property in order to fall within “permitted development”, there is more than one reason behind this, but apart from everything else if the materials are very different to the existing materials being used, this can be unsightly in the local environment.

4. No part of the loft conversion (or extension) should be higher than the highest part of the existing roof, (without prior planning permission), this can be seen as blocking light in the public domain and can bring up other issues.

5. Balconies, verandas and raised platforms do not fall within permitted development, you must gain planning permission for these elements in the area of Bristol and all over the United Kingdom, planning permission will be a neccessity.

Overall when considering a loft conversion, it’s absolutely essential to research issues of planning permission because if you neglect this issue and then commence building of your project, you may be subject to fines or other legal action as a result of proceeding with home improvements that are not legally permissible.

It is very important for the people of bristol to ensure that they are operating safely and legally when undertaking home improvement.

For more information here is a link to the Bristol Local Authority who can provide insight into both planning permission and permitted development, alternatively you can come straight to us and we would be more than happy to advise you of this matter, and discuss your projects with you where appropriate.

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