Did You Know?
At the moment you don’t need planning permission for a loft conversion, provided it does not exceed 15 per cent of your property’s original living space. Every house is currently entitled to a certain amount of “permitted development”. The only exceptions so far are listed buildings and houses in conservation areas, so if you are unsure, it’s still best to check with the local planning office.
Every conversion does currently need Building Regulations approval, which you can get from your local building control department before you begin the conversion.
However a recent Government White Paper unveiled by Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, outlines changes in the system which could mean that all loft conversions will now need authorised planning permission. So if you are thinking about converting your loft in the near future, it’s probably best to contact your local planning department before you begin, to check that you comply with the new regulations.
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