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Do I need Planning Permission for a Garage Conversion?

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Garage conversions are becoming increasingly popular across the UK as homeowners opt to utilize the space they already have, as opposed to moving homes. A standard single garage is approximately 150 sq ft., too small to be able to open the doors of a family saloon but a lot of extra living space if converted to become an integral part of a house.


Even those with a double garage are choosing to do what is called a 'part conversion' where typically the front or rear of the garage might be retained to house the lawnmower or bicycle whilst the rest of the garage is converted into a useable room. Converting a cold and under-utilized garage into a warm and habitable room is not the only benefit; a garage conversion can add significantly value to your property.

Permitted Development For Garage Conversions


New rules covering whether or not you can extend or add to your home without having to apply for planning permission came into force on 1 October 2008.


The limits and conditions for what is allowed without the need for planning permission apply largely to the dimensions of the proposed addition, its position on the house and its proximity to your boundaries.


Under the new regulations the conversion of a garage on property that is not within designated land is considered permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, providing certain limits and conditions are met. Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of outstanding Natural Beauty, Conservation areas and Word Heritage Sites.

Planning permission is not required if:

* The work is internal only and does not involve enlarging the building.

* Property is not in a conservation area.


There are cases when permitted development rights have been removed from some properties with regard to garage conversions, particularly if you live on a new housing development. it is important to be informed of the relevant planning permission and regulations before commencing work.

 

Garage Conversions Requiring Planning Permission


You will need Planning Permission for:


* Any external work

* Enlarging the building

* Adding windows etc.

* Flats & maisonettes

You may also need Planning Permission if you live on a new housing development. (See above).


At Drawing and Planning, our consultants have extensive knowledge and expertise in the numerous and varying Planning Articles, Directions and restrictions of all  Local Authorities.

Our team of consultants would be glad to assist you with any query you may have regarding your Garage Conversion.

Should you need Garage Conversion planning permission, we would be glad to assist you with all elements of your application.

If you would require drawing only, our in house architects can provide you withdetailed existing and proposed drawings for all types of Garage Conversions.

 

Contact Drawing and Planning Today on 0208 202 3665 to Find Out How We Can Help You With Your Garage Conversion!  

 

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Newsletter | August 2015 - drawingandplanning.com Having trouble reading this? View it in your browser. Dersingham Road Garages - New Build - Granted The team at DAP are delighted to announce another successful planning application for a new-build scheme comprising of 7 no. flats with commercial (D1) floor space at ground floor across three storeys.   Earlier this month we received a unanimous 'yes' at Barnet Council's Planning Committee meeting in favour of the scheme. The officer recommendation was also for approval.   The site, a once thriving black cab repair garage, will be replaced with a residential-led scheme with basement level car parking and amenity space   This scheme presented its challenges and has been approved with conditions and a section 106 agreement. DAP oversaw the evolution of the scheme from its infancy at pre-application stage right the way through till the final plans as presented to the panning committee. Some of the challenges to overcome included the change of use of the site, the scale and massing of the proposal, its impact on neighbouring properties and the safe provision of car parking. There was no question that this was a tough site to develop in a low rise residential area. However, with our ability to work with Council planners and use policy effectively to justify our designs we made a solid case for the development to make a valuable contribution to this part of Dersingham Road.   We are delighted to advise our clients that this site is for sale with the benefit of planning permission. Should you require further information about the sale of this property please contact Jeremy Stein - jeremy@drawingandplanning.com       Mercham House 25-27 The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4AR P: 020 8202 3665 www.drawingandplanning.com Copyright © 2015 DAP Group. All rights reserved.

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Planning permission for a garage conversion to make it an inhabitable area is generally not requires, as long as all of the work for the conversion project is being done along the interior of the garage. Also, if the conversion does not require an enlargement of the building, planning permissions will not be required. If the integrity of the building is going to be sacrificed during the conversion, then planning permissions will be needed.

 

Properties that have had development rights removed will need to contact the planning authorities. Normally, if you reside in a brand new housing area or live in a conversation area, your plans to alter your garage will need to be approved by the planning authority, before any alterations on this area of the home can be performed.

 

Do I need planning permission for a garage conversion? Usually, planning permissions are not required as long as your conversion is not going to affect the exterior surface of the home; once the exterior surface of the home starts being tampered with, then planning permissions will be required.

 

Permitted development for garage conversions requires an approval with the building regulations. In order to make the area a habitable space for someone to reside in, you will need the proper flooring, an in fill door, some walls that are below ground level, and proper ventilation.