26 Nov Taking advantage of the planning amnesty
So you’re struggling for space and you need more room as a matter of urgency. You won’t be surprised to hear that you’re not alone. With demand for accommodation in the capital reaching astronomical levels in recent years, Londoners in particular are hard-pressed to find the space they need. This is a problem facing more and more homeowners outside the capital as well, though.
A loft conversion could be just the solution to your problems. But perhaps you’re wary of having to trudge through all the paperwork just to obtain planning permission. You could, however, be in luck. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is offering homeowners the opportunity to take advantage of a planning amnesty covering certain types of domestic redevelopment work.
What does this mean?
This planning amnesty means you can undertake substantial work to your property without having to go through the hassle of getting planning permission – allowing you to convert your loft with the minimum of hassle. But the amnesty is currently due to come to an end next spring, so don’t hang around. It’s possible that it may be extended, but as yet there’s been no confirmation – so if you want to make that long dreamt-of loft conversion a reality, now’s your chance.
What should I look out for?
It’s worth noting that the amnesty does come with some caveats attached. The permitted development (PD) scheme stipulates certain size limits and a style guide, while people living in conservation areas or listed buildings are not covered by the planning amnesty. Plus, you’ll still have to apply to your local authority for a Certificate of Lawfulness before going ahead with the work, although the process of obtaining one is generally straightforward.
So long as you stay within the size limits laid out by the PD scheme and make sure your redevelopment work is in keeping with the rest of the property, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting the green light.
Consult an expert
It’s always wise to consult with an expert before you undertake such a substantial revamp of your home. A specialist can help you ensure that your loft conversion lives up to your expectations. A good loft conversion can seriously boost the value of your property, so it’s well worth taking the time to get it right. Get in touch with Econoloft’s experts today to find out more about what sort of loft conversion would work best in your home.