The prospect of expanding the footprint of your current home is, as it should be, a source of considerable enthusiasm. The idea of having extra space within your home that you are able to put to use is one that the vast majority of people who own their own homes would find to be extremely appealing.
If, on the other hand, the plans run into resistance from neighbours, the entire process has the potential to rapidly deteriorate if things continue in this direction. But do they have the capability to?
This article takes a more in-depth look at the question of whether or not it is possible for neighbours to object to house additions such as sun rooms, as well as what you can do about it if they do.
In the United Kingdom, homeowners and owners of other types of property are not required to obtain planning permission in order to make alterations or additions that are considered to be of a minor nature.
The scope of permitted development rights was broadened in October 2008 so that it would be possible to accommodate a greater variety of construction endeavours. As a direct consequence of this, the following kinds of labour are now permitted.
Installing brand-new driveways as well as patios
Alterations to the Structure of the Roof
However, some of the work, like adding a conservatory or an extension, may need to comply with various laws that take into account the dimensions and location of the construction. This is the case with some of the work. These rules and regulations could be confusing to some people.
Planning permission is not required for sun rooms in particular as long as the structure meets the criteria that have been approved for development. If the space is more than 10 square metres in size, then this is the situation. According to these criteria, the room you have in your garden will be classified as a "outbuilding."
When it comes to obtaining planning clearance for your sun room, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind if you want to be on the safe side and avoid any potential complications. These are the following:
Maximum Height - As was mentioned earlier, the eaves would reach a maximum height of 2.5 metres at their highest point. The maximum overall height is determined by the shape of the roof, with a maximum of three metres possible for any other type of roof and up to four metres possible for a dual pitch roof.
Footprint: If you or any of the previous owners of your property have added on to or otherwise altered the footprint of your home since 1948, there is a chance that your authorised development allowance has been used up. This is the case even if the change was made before 1948.
Location: It is imperative that your sun room is not situated directly in front of the main front wall of the house, which is where it was initially built. The "original house" refers to the home in the condition it was in when it was first built or in the condition it was in on July 1, 1948. Alternatively, "original house" can also refer to the home as it existed on that date.
What about my neighbours?
Your neighbours do not have the right to raise an objection to your plans for a garden room as long as you are not required to submit an application for planning clearance. If, on the other hand, you are required to submit an application for planning permission, your neighbours will be notified, and they will be given the opportunity to voice their objections to the proposal.
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