Here is an update!
Notification of Larger Extensions – the rules governing this have been extended to 30th May 2019. Should you already have prior approval you now have until this date to get the extension fully completed. New applicants will of course have until this date to complete the work. This completion date rule is exclusive to this type of application as other planning applications have 3 years to START the work. You can read about the rules and procedures on the Planning Portal website on the following link or contact ConstructAid for further advice:
Here are the Guidance Notes published by the Planning Portal regarding the larger home extensions legislation recently passed and sets out in detail what is required to obtain approval and links for further information. This new law allows a maximum 6 metre extension on a terraced or semi-detached property and 8 metres on a detached property, although this law is for a 3 year period only. Any further advice can be obtained from ConstructAid as in our view, plans will still be required for Building Control and the Builder/Contractor. There is a process to obtaining approval from the Planning Department for the development as set out in the Guidance Notes and approval is not automatically given. For example, it is important to bear in mind that if a neighbour objects then the Planning Department will be required to decide if they are to give permission to the proposal or not! The Guidance Notes also point out that if the Council do not respond within a certain time period, permission is automatically granted. Watch this space for comments by Admin if there are any problems in the implementation of this law!
Interesting article concerning the new larger domestic extension law can be found here on the Planning Law Blogspot website: