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Larger Home Extension 'Permitted Development' rights

Certain works to a house can be undertaken without gaining planning permission from the Council. These works are referred to as 'permitted development'.

In May 2013 changes were made to these rights to allow householders to build larger single storey rear extensions without planning permission. In summary the size limits have doubled from 4 metres to 8 metres for detached houses, and from 3 metres to 6 metres for all other houses.

These new rights do not apply to Conservation Areas or within the Forest of Bowland Area of Natural Beauty, and there are also a number of other limitations and conditions that need to be complied with. The new rights are applicable for a temporary period and all works must be completed by 30 May 2019.

Whilst full planning permission is not required, there is a requirement to notify the Council of an intention to develop and provide us with a certain amount of information. The Council will then notify any adjoining premises that a development is proposed and where objections are received we will assess the impact that the proposal has on the amenity of all adjoining premises.

Further advice on the process is provided in the Department for Communities and Local Government document 'Larger Home Extensions: Neighbour Consultation Scheme'.

Visit Obtain Advice on Planning Matters for assistance on how to establish whether your proposal is permitted development.

To notify the Council that you intend to construct an extension using the new rights to construct larger home extensions an application form (and accompanying guidance notes) is available from Planning application forms & guidance notes.