New Forest National Park Authority: Jess Glover is pleased to share that she has recently secured a Lawful Development Certificate for single storey rear extension to an existing dwellinghouse at Coxhill in the New Forest National Park.

The dwelling is outside of the defined villages in the national park and therefore subject to the restrictions outlined in Policy DP36 of the Local Plan which states that extensions must not increase the floorspace of the existing dwelling by more than 30%.

The client approached us as the dwelling had already previously been extended over the 30% rule, however they wished to extend their property to gain additional habitable accommodation. As such, we carried out a free of charge planning appraisal which uncovered that the dwelling still had its permitted development rights intact. We therefore advised that to secure additional floorspace the most feasible route would be to apply for a single storey rear extension under Schedule 2, Part 1, Class A of the General Permitted Development Order (2015). Working with the client we devised a proposal which met the criteria of the GPDO and submitted a proposal for a 28sq.m extension. The Planning Officer agreed that our proposal met the criteria and duly approved the application ahead of the target date for determination.

If you have an existing house which has perhaps already been extended to its upper floorspace threshold but are looking to secure additional habitable accommodation or if you’ve had planning permission refused for a similar scheme then why not call the experts at Pure Town Planning on 01202 585524 or email to see if we can help you.