Christchurch Borough Council: The relatively new permitted development rights set out in The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 which include the potential for larger single-storey rear extensions to dwellings (see our Briefing Note) came into force on 30 May 2013, just over 7 months ago. Before Christmas we served notice on Christchurch Borough Council, in accordance with the new requirements of the Order, of the intention of our client to make use of the new right by erecting an extension measuring 6m off the rear of their existing dwelling by over 6m wide. The proposal sought to demolish an existing uPVC conservatory and replace it with a large rendered extension matching the existing house at Avon Causeway, Hurn, Dorset. The extension forms a large open plan space incorporating a second lounge/day room and a family dining area and will feature log burner, bi-folding doors opening onto the garden and a large lantern-style roof light. Earlier this week Christchurch Borough Council confirmed that the scheme was permitted development. The Council issued the notice just within the designated time frame (within 41 days) – although it didn’t matter as if after 42 days no response has been received from the Council a proposal automatically can go ahead.
Our client initially approached us to obtain full planning permission for the extension but we advised going down Prior Approval route as it avoids the uncertainty and longer planning application process, avoids having to draw up a full set of plans and saves the £172 (householder) planning application fee.
If you need some advice on permitted development of any kind then please do call Matt, Dan or Neil on 01202 585524.