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If you’re planning on building a single-storey rear extension under your permitted development rights, you have until 30 May 2019 to take advantage of this doubled size allowance under the Larger Home Extension Scheme.

With this scheme, you can extend your home up to 8 meters for a detached house, and 6 meters for all others.

To qualify, your development must comply with conditions that apply to all rear extensions allowed under permitted development. These include:

  • No more than half the area of land around the original house should be covered by buildings.
  • The maximum height of the extension is 4 meters, as measured from the highest point of natural surface ground. The maximum height reduces to 3 meters if the extension is within 2 meters of a boundary.
  • Construction materials must be similar in appearance to those used for the existing house.

Extensions must be completed on or before 30 May 2019, with the council having written notification once finished. Remember, you’ll also need to leave up to 42 days for your application to be approved under the Neighbour Consultation Scheme.

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