We want to extend our terraced house kitchen both side and rear with a pitched ceiling to create a space that is the width of the house. This would be measured as 6m from the dining room wall, hence a 6m length extension for the side return section, and approx 3m for the rear section, to effectively create a ‘wide rectangular’ room.

I spoke to our planning dept today and they said this wouldn’t be possible because the rear section would be an extension that was greater than half the width of the house. I thought this rule only applied to the side section, which is only about 1.5m width.

We know of someone in the area who has had this work done under PD, with a Cert of Lawful Development. I also took an early draft of our plans to the Planning Dept’s drop in session and they said there were no problems with the idea, subject to neighbours’ agreement.

Is there a way to get our work done under PD? (We’ve been told by Planning that they have much stricter criteria with Planning Apps and won’t approve it)

The alternatives also look terrible – eg: 6m from the back kitchen wall – in effect a long narrow rectangle, keeping the side return. Could we put this to the Planners to reason with them, that our plans are more sympathetic and attractive?

Thanks for any advice!