Planning application vs permitted development

The recent changes to permitted development rules for home extensions – covered here in last month’s article – have got many people thinking about what they can and can’t do when it comes to improving their homes. While the majority can probably do what they need to within their permitted development rights there are those who may need planning permission instead. This month we look more closely at the differences between the two to help you determine which best applies to you and to help you to better plan and budget for any work.
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Changes to permitted development rules

Making changes to your home or extending it would be possible either through permitted development rights or by getting planning permission from your local council’s planning department. The extent and type of changes you could make would depend on a number of factors, such as whether your property is listed, is in a conservation area, has already had an extension in the past, or the size of extension you were seeking to make. The government has announced some changes recently and we explore what they are and how you may benefit from them in this month’s article.
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What are the limitations when making changes to a listed property?

listed-building-in-londonIf you live in a listed property or are considering buying one then it’s worth knowing exactly what you can and can’t do when it comes to maintenance, renovations, and extensions that you are considering making to your home. It doesn’t have to be overly complicated, but you will need to keep certain things in mind and take certain actions before progressing so that you are not committing a criminal offence. We explore those issues in more depth this month to help you be sure that what you are planning is going to be acceptable to your local authority’s conservation officer.
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A practical kitchen: get the organisation of it right

Having a well organised kitchen is half the battle when it comes to enjoying the time you spend in it cooking, cleaning and tidying up. For many of us these are chores that we don’t always enjoy but endure, but it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s easy to get it right if you set yourself up well from the start and this is exactly what this month’s article is here to help you do.
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Roof lanterns – are they right for me?

beautiful-room-with-roof-lanternRoof lanterns are becoming increasingly popular, particularly in urban properties or where space is at a premium. Many confuse them with skylights, and although there are some similarities, roof lanterns have a bigger role to play in the home than a skylight. But does that increasing popularity mean that they are also right for your home? This month we explore the benefits and drawbacks of roof lanterns to help you decide.
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How your kitchen can add value to your home

house-in-london-with-a-unique-front-door-1If you have been thinking about moving or perhaps renovating, then you could be wondering what it is that can add the most value to your home. Even if you have no plans to move any time soon, any renovation is sure to add value in the medium to longer term. And few things can add more value than updating your kitchen. Let’s take a look at why this is and how you can maximise the return on your investment in any kitchen renovations, larger or small.
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