A is for… application

A is for… application

Here at Econoloft, we’ve decided to go one step further in our mission to help provide you with all of the necessary information regarding loft conversions. So we’re going to be bringing you the A to Z guide to loft conversions.

As this is the first one, we’ll obviously start with the letter A. So, without further ado, let’s get started with the guide. A is for… application, of course.

If you are planning to convert your loft, there are certain conditions that must be met, in order to not require planning permission. Should your loft conversion plans not meet these criteria, you will have to fill out an application to obtain planning permission to be legally allowed to complete the work.

1. If your house is located within designated land, i.e. in a national park, on a conservation area, world heritage site, or within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, any roof extension will NOT be permitted development.

2. To be permitted development, any additional roof space created must not exceed the following limitations:

– 40 cubic metres for terraced houses
– 50 cubic metres for detached and semi-detached houses

3. If your loft is to be extended towards the front of the house, towards a main road, you must ensure that the extension does not extend beyond the plane of the existing roof slope, in order for it to be considered permissible development.

4. When constructing the roof extension, the builder must ensure that the materials used are similar in appearance to the existing house.

5. No part of the loft extension is to be higher than the highest point of the existing roof.

6. Verandas, balconies, or raised platforms are a complete no-no when it comes to loft conversions.

7. When installing side-facing windows, you must ensure that they are obscure-glazed and that they do not open, unless they are a minimum of 1.7 metres higher than the floor space of the loft.

8. Unless your roof extension is a hip-to-gable one (more on this in later posts), it should be set back 20cm away from the eaves.

9. When considering a loft conversion, you should always think about whether you will be affecting protected species. Work on a loft or a roof may affect bats, and as such, a survey of the roof may be required. If bats are using the building, you may have to apply for a licence.

All of the information above is regarding loft extensions on houses. You should see the government’s regulations if you are planning to convert a loft on any other type of building.

Should you find after reading the above regulations that you will require planning permission for your loft extension, you can fill in an application form online or by post.

Econoloft has been in the loft conversion industry for 40 years – see some examples of the work we’ve done and take a look at some of our impressive client testimonials to find out why we’re the best in the business.

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