We own a victorian terrace house (incl. freehold) in a non-conservation area in central London. Now the top floor flat of the neighbour’s house is up for sale and we are thinking of buying it to combine it with our house.
We would knock out the kitchen of the additional flat and by doing so we would create a huge first floor with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and additional 2 bedrooms in the lofts, which would be great.
-Do we need planning permission to do so?
-Is is ok to access that flat only through the main house (i.e. can we close the former entrance door of the flat or are there restrictions (fire, escape routes)?
-Is it ok to remove one of the stairs that go to the lofts, as it seems silly to have two separate stairs going up?
-Does the owner of the ground floor flat has a say in all that, can he object? (we don’t know who owns the flat and if the owner also owns the freehold)
I spent the last days browsing the Internet and your website has been most helpful! It would be highly appreciated if you could help us on the above!
Many thanks in advance