Planning Permission

You can build a large single storey rear extension without applying for planning permission to your local council (Larger Home Extension Scheme).

Under permitted development, you can extend up to 8 metres (detached house), or 6 metres (other than a detached house), subject to conditions set out in Class A, Part 1, Schedule 2 of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015.

This right was for a limited time only, however it has now been made available with no time limit.

You can build a large single storey rear extension without applying for planning permission...

Prior Approval Notification (neighbour consultation scheme)

To take advantage of this, you would need to go through a process known as prior approval notification (neighbour consultation scheme), which informs the council that you wish to build a large extension. The council will then notify neighbours of the scheme, and if the neighbours comment, a view will be taken of whether there is any impact on the amenity of the neighbouring properties.

With experts involved, you don’t have to stress about getting your head around all the details and the planning jargon, as they will know the conditions and requirements set out for this process. It’s worth investing in doing it properly from the outset rather than stumbling on difficulties during the build which could lead to enforcement action.