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Permitted Development in Gloucester and Stroud  


You are allowed to make certain changes to your property without applying for planning permission. Under the General Development Planning Order certain alterations and/or extensions can be made under Permitted Development but the building work must conform to certain criteria laid down in the guidelines.

In the past volume was the deciding factor and this meant than in may cases you would be unable to unable to have an extension and a loft conversion but since 2008 the allowances have been based on dimensions, which means it is possible to extend to the rear and side of the property and have a loft conversion ( there are restrictions on the volume of a loft conversion) .


New rules governing house extensions came into effect on 30th May 2013 increasing the size of single storey rear extensions allowed under Permitted Development. The scheme will be in force for three years until May 2016. 

The size limits are double those allowed before 30th May 2013 and householders can now build a single storey rear extension 8m in length for a detached property and 6m in length for a semi -detached or terraced property.  These new larger extensions must go through a neighbour consultation scheme. 



Permitted Development  - are there any Restrictions ?


Flats and maisonettes do not have any permitted development rights

In certain parts of Gloucester and Stroud, generally known as 'designated areas'( Conservation areas, a National Park or area of outstanding natural beauty) permitted development rights are much more restricted.  If you live in a designated area you will need to apply for planning permission for certain types of work which do not need an application in other areas. There are also different requirements if the property is a listed building, or has an Article 4 direction, for more information take a look at our Planning Permission page .We have extensive knowledge of the Gloucester and Stroud  area and can advise you on this matter.

Permitted Development can be open to interpretation and it is imperative a project fits within all of the permitted development criteria before building commences. There are many appeals going through planning at the moment where the guidelines where misinterpreted. EasyPlan Gloucester and Stroud can advise on all aspects of Permitted Development, we have also produced a free guide which explains permitted development in more depth.



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