If you’re planning to construct a kitchen extension on your property, one of the first things that comes to mind is whether or not you’ll require a planning permission before you proceed. Generally, kitchen extensions are normally classified as permitted development which allows you to carry out your project without any interruptions from the law or your local authority. In other words, if your extension is meets up with the guidelines of the permitted development rights, you won’t have to apply for a planning permission. However if otherwise, you’ll have to apply for a planning permission to your local council and may require additional reports. And regardless of your position, you’ll always need building regulations approval before you can carry out any kitchen extension project. It may also be required that you’ll have to issue a part wall notice if you’re to build on or close to the boundary with a neighbour.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle and stress involved in applying for a planning permission with your local council, then you must ensure the following:
✓ Your kitchen extension must not be over half of the area of land around your main house.
✓ The kitchen extension must not be side elevation onto a highway or forward of the principal elevation.
✓ The extension must not be taller than the highest part of the roof.
✓ The height of your kitchen extension must not go beyond four metres.
✓ Kitchen extension that’s more than one storey must not go exceed the rear wall of the main house by more than three metres.
✓ Two storey kitchen extensions must not be closer to rear boundary by anything less than seven metres.
✓ The kitchen extension must not include balconies, verandas or any raised platforms.