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Planning and Regulations For A Double Storey Extension


Extending or renovating the houses has become more and more popular with the increase in stamp duty in the autumn of 2017 in the UK. Homeowners prefer now mostly to extend their properties and obtain the space they need, rather than moving the whole house.


Normally, executing a large ground-floor extension project is very common and comfortable. However, dividing the space over two floors with a double-storey rear extension may sometimes have a better appearance and divide the space more efficiently. However, double storey extensions are more challenging.

The Benefits

Double storey side or rear house extensions could add your house a good amount of internal space. Even if the upper storey is stepped in order to avoid overshadowing, double storey extensions can still add a good amount of internal space to your home.


This case especially appears when your house is detached because when your house is detached there is wide enough area to the boundary. Therefore, if you received the planning consents and your budget might cover the double storey extension costs, then you can enjoy the maximum extension size which is feasible and efficient.


On the other hand, even if the criteria above are not the case for your property, you might have to get help from a trustworthy Planning Consultant. Therefore, it is logical to hire an architect who works with Planning Consultants closely in order to get you the most value from your double storey extension project.


With the assistance of the architect you hire and planning consultant, you may capture the most desirable route to approval since planning they know your local policies and what kind of design has been approved the most.



Essential Questions

There are a few limitations that determine how to tackle a rear double-storey extension. You'll need to answer just a few questions before settling on the best way forward!


A. Is Your Property in a Conservation Area or in an Article 4 Directive Area?

If so, your property would likely need to obtain Full Planning Permission for a double-storey rear extension because your extension rights are possibly limited.


B.Is Your Property Listed?

Many properties in the UK are determined as 'Listed Buildings' because they display a specific architectural style. They are protected by Historic England and any external and internal improvements or changes are subject to a planning application.


In order to understand if your property listed please click here and check it from the national register. We will obtain Full Planning Permission if your property is listed.


C.Is Your Property in ‘Designated Land’?

Designated Land covers National Parks, Outstanding Natural Beauty Areas, the Norfolk or Suffolk Broads, and World Heritage Sites. If your land is within one of these regions, you would require Full Planning Permission.


Do I Need Planning Permission For A Double Storey Extension? please see our guide article here !!


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