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A Guide to the Lawful Development Certificate for Rear and Single Storey Extensions

January 11, 2024

When we discuss plans for your project, such as extending the living room or kitchen, we conduct thorough research on all options related to the rules and regulations set by the local authority. We guide our clients to determine if they can apply for lawful development or planning permission.

This blog post will explain what a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC) is, and how it can help you with your property renovation plans, especially if you're considering adding a single-storey or rear extension.

Understanding the Lawful Development Certificate

Before delving into the specifics, let's clarify what a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC) is. An LDC is a document issued by your Local Planning Authority (LPA), certifying that your proposed development falls within your permitted development rights or has gained planning permission. This means you can proceed with your project without fear of legal consequences.

Is a Rear Extension Permitted Development?

One of the most common questions property owners have is whether a rear extension can be considered permitted development. The answer is yes, but with certain limitations. Permitted development rights allow you to extend your property without the need for planning permission, provided the extension adheres to specific criteria.

What Size Extension Can I Build Without Planning Permission?

The size of your rear extension that can be built without planning permission depends on various factors, including the location of your property and its size. Typically, in UK, you can extend a detached property by up to 8 meters, a semi-detached or terraced property by up to 6 meters, and a single-storey extension of up to 4 meters in height. These dimensions are subject to certain conditions and restrictions, so it's essential to check with your LPA or consult an expert like STAAC to ensure compliance.

Single Storey Extension Permitted Development Rights?

Single-storey extensions can also fall under permitted development rights, but again, specific rules apply. The key factors include the height of the extension, its proximity to boundaries, and whether your property is in a designated area like a conservation area or an area of outstanding natural beauty. An LDC can provide the assurance you need to proceed confidently with your single-storey extension project.

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The Importance of Prior Approval and Neighbours' Consultation

When considering a rear or single-storey extension, it'scrucial to be aware of the process of Prior Approval and neighbors' consultation. Prior Approval is a formal process that involves submitting your plans to the LPA for review. This allows them to assess potential impacts on neighboring properties, such as light, privacy, and visual amenity.

Engaging in a positive dialogue with your neighbors and keeping them informed about your plans can also be highly beneficial. Neighbors' consultation not only fosters good relations but can also lead to valuable input and support for your project.

The Benefits of Having a Lawful Development Certificate

Now, let's explore why obtaining a Lawful Development Certificate is advantageous for your property development.

  1. Legal Clarity: An LDC provides legal clarity and peace of mind, assuring you that your project complies with regulations, minimizing the risk of enforcement actions in the future.
  2. Property Value: A property with a Lawful Development Certificate is often more attractive to buyers, as it demonstrates that the extension or development was carried out within the boundaries of the law.
  3. Smooth Transactions: When selling your property, having an LDC can streamline the sales process, as potential buyers will have confidence in the legality of your extension.
  4. Insurance: Some insurance providers may offer better rates when your property has an LDC, as it reduces the risk of disputes related to planning permission.

STAAC's Expertise and Local Council Relationships

At STAAC, we take pride in our expertise in architectural design and construction. With years of experience, we have established strong relationships with various Local Councils, allowing us to navigate the complexities of planning and development seamlessly. Our team of professionalsis dedicated to ensuring your project adheres to the highest standards and is fully compliant with local regulations.

The Importance of Detailed Architectural Plans

It's essential to emphasize the importance of having detailed architectural plans for your rear or single-storey extension. Comprehensive plans not only facilitate the planning process but also ensure that your project meets your vision and requirements. STAAC can assist you in creating these plans, ensuring that your extension project is a resounding success.

The Lawful Development Certificate is a valuable tool for property development. To make your journey smoother and more successful, it's important to understand the regulations surrounding rear and single-storey extensions. STAAC can help ensure your project is compliant and has the potential to transform your property into your dream home.

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