When looking to renovate a property, obtaining planning permission is one of the most important and often most difficult aspects of the process. This is the formal permission you require from a local authority to go ahead with your extension or renovation project. If for any reason your project was disapproved, you need to go through the process of understanding why your planning application was rejected and change your design accordingly. This lengthy process can be very stressful for a homeowner, especially if you don’t get the permission you require.

However, in recent months new government regulations have been announced with regards to planning permission which will make homeowners’ lives a lot easier. These new rules were announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick and we have put together a guide, so you have all the information you need in one place.

What do the new regulations mean? 

If your extension or building work does not comply with the Permitted Development Regulations (PDR), you will require planning permission to conduct the work. However, the Government has changed the regulations for planning permission in order to allow families and households to expand their current living space, without the need to move home or submit a planning application.

Since these rules came into effect on August 31st, households are now able to add two storeys to their properties without the need for the previously required planning permission. Families will be able to extend their home under the same permitted development rights used for small extensions and loft conversions. Of course, homeowners will still need to comply with building regulations, whilst taking into consideration the appearance and impact that the renovation project may have on their neighbours.

These new rules only apply to detached homes, and those built between 1948 and 2018, but it still gives numerous homeowners the opportunity to improve the value of their investment. These rules also only apply in England, and conservation areas are excluded.

 What about commercial properties and housing developments? 

 Although these aspects of the rules do not apply to everyone, they are going to have a huge impact on the commercial property sector and property developments. For example, a wider range of premises – including offices, cafés or shops – can now be converted into domestic homes without the need for planning permission or local authority approval. These rules were previously known as permitted development rights, which were strictly limited to the conversion of office buildings. Pubs, libraries, village shops and other community essential buildings will not be eligible for conversion under these rules.

The sole intention of the new rules is to boost the number of homes built and prevent the looming housing shortage crisis from worsening. The Government wants to ensure that local residents have access to good quality, attractive and affordable homes, and these rules will hopefully ensure that happens.

Why should you conduct renovations on your property? 

If you are a homeowner, landlord or even a property developer, you should always be looking to increase the value of your property. One of the main reasons why many homeowners end up undertaking renovation work is because they require additional space. Whether this is an extra bedroom and bathroom or a home office, an extension can provide you with the extra space you require.

From a landlord’s perspective and if you are a vendor looking to sell your home, this extra space would considerably improve the value of your property on the current market. So many households are now looking for that extra space – especially because their priorities have possibly shifted over the last six months during the lockdown. As we have discussed before, residents are now re-visiting what they require in their home and re-evaluating what is most important to them when moving to a new property. One of these requirements may be that extra space, which could mean an additional bedroom or even a home office.

About Hancock and Partners

If you are a vendor looking for a reliable estate agent in Chichester, or perhaps a landlord wanting to increase the value of your home, the team at Hancock and Partners would be happy to assist. We are here to support buyers and tenants too and work with you to provide a completely tailored service, helping you to achieve the best possible outcome. To speak to a member of our Residential Sales team, please call us on 01243 531155.