Posted April 2, 2021 by DIY Doctor on August 31, 2020 There has been a change in development rules permitted in England which has made it easier to add more levels to your home and increase the space. These are among other changes that are designed to make the development of new homes easier and faster, including greater flexibility in changing the use of the building, especially to convert commercial properties into residential properties. Work must be completed without planning permission, which can be costly and time consuming. In essence, it is a blanket permission granted by Parliament that circumvents the need for local authority permissions for a particular action. You can find out more on the planning portal and it is important to remember that these rights are specific. This includes certain types of buildings, so what may be permitted in a home may not be apartments or small homes. There will almost certainly be restrictions on listed buildings and “designated area” such as conservation areas and areas of outstanding natural beauty. There may also be a requirement to obtain pre-approval before proceeding with business. We cover this issue below because it’s a huge advantage of new permitted development rights, but the planning portal provides an excellent explanation for pre-approval. Raised spans The new rules allow the addition of up to two additional floors where the house already has two or more floors. If the home is only one storey, then only one extra floor is allowed under these permitted developments, and according to research by Knight Frank there could be as many as 173,000 new homes built this way over existing residential and commercial properties. Certain restrictions: The rights only apply to homes built between July 1, 1948 or after October 28, 2018. These rights cannot be used as additional floors have already been added. A mixed building will not benefit from these rights. You must obtain prior approval from the Council before proceeding with prior approval. Your local authority is required for these specific permissible developments for the following aspects: traffic and highway hazards, pollution risks, flood risks, exterior appearance of the building, provision of adequate natural light in all habitable rooms in new housing, privacy and loss of light effect on the suitability of the existing building And adjacent buildings including those overlooking the effect on any views that are protected by aviation impacts and defensive assets there is a big list here, so you don’t necessarily have to get ahead from the local authority. Your proposed plans will need to meet these aspects to gain approval. Its origin. Although there are growing concerns that what needs to be done is to reform the planning process and make it run more effectively and efficiently, rather than creating measures to circumvent it. Another big concern for the work done under the permissible developments is that it has been found to be the worst in a wide range of quality parameters compared to buildings built under planning permission, where many of us spend more time at home, space is a premium at the moment and this can open up Some much needed space. Not to mention the importance of your home.