WHY 2019 IS THE BEST TIME TO CONVERT YOUR LOFT?
Converting your loft is one of the best ways to increasing the value of your property, whether you wish to extend the house for your growing family or to create some extra income. Whatever the reason, the best time to do it is now!
This entry will inform you with the basics for getting your loft conversion completed without the dreaded headache…
…and without Planning Permission!
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A loft conversion project that captures light…
…a loft conversion project that captures space.
Why should I convert my loft?
Loft conversions are a sensible and often inexpensive way to add that extra space along with value to your property. With great layout arrangement and design, your loft could be transformed into a successful living space, bedroom, study room or whatever you desire!
Depending on the size of your house, loft conversions can usually increase your existing home by 20-40m2. Every bit of space under that pitched roof has the potential to be utilized.
You can also convert your loft into a Home Office!
…or you can convert your loft into a bathroom or an en-suite.
How do I pursue it without the hassle?
You may probably already know that recent changes have been made within planning which allows most single dwelling house owners to convert their loft into habitable rooms without planning permission. Your project may fall under Permitted Development Rights too.
The great news is that you don’t have to apply for planning permission if you have permitted development rights! You only need to make a Certificate of Lawfulness application for which your loft architect will need to prepare your drawings and your application form.
What is Permitted Development Rights?
Permitted development rights basically gives you permission to make certain changes to a building without the requirement for planning consent. It is approved by the Parliament itself rather than the Local Planning Authority (the Council).
This is generally applicable for the building projects located outside of conservation areas and only which intend to propose minor changes. However, in some circumstances local planning authorities can suspend permitted development rights in their boroughs. So it is always best to contact your council before taking the step forward.
What changes are permitted?
Your loft extension is subject to certain limits such as an additional 40m2 for terraced houses and 50m2 for others. Keeping to a conservative and modest design is compulsory, as altering the characteristic of the original roof will not be classified as permitted development. An example will be adding a balcony with a balustrade, projecting from the building, or using contrasting colours to the original house.
Alterations to the roof space with additional room falls under Class B of Permitted Development Rights. The drawings your architect will be submitting for your Certificate of Lawfulness application should indicate that the design of your loft conversion meets the limits and conditions of permitted development rights. Failure to do so means that your application will not be accepted.
What is Certificate of Lawfulness?
A certificate of lawfulness is a legal document rather than a planning permission. Many homeowners in London and in the UK took the advantage of permitted development rights through making Certificate of Lawfulness application. They have converted their lofts into bedrooms!
2017 is the best time to start your project. Make a Certificate of Lawfulness application to regularise your loft conversion project and join thousands of homeowners!
Certificate of Lawfulness: Lawful Development Certificate Loft Conversion secured by Urbanist Architecture Ltd
So who will help me complete the legal requirements?
You should definitely seek for professional help from an architect who has proven track record in securing consents for Loft Conversion Certificate of Lawfulness application. Any contravention of the limitations on or conditions belonging to permitted development rights constitutes a breach of planning control against which planning enforcement action may be taken.
It gets worse: Your council may issue you an enforcement notice which can lead to prosecution with a maximum fine of £20,000. And if your council achieves a successful conviction for failure to comply with an enforcement notice, they can apply for a Confiscation Order to recover the financial benefit obtained through unauthorised development.
Certificate of Lawfulness Application 3D Floor Plan Drawing for a Loft Conversion by Barnet Loft Company
Building Regulations Structural Plan for a Loft Conversion by Baret Loft Company
Building Regulations Structural Calculations for a Loft Conversion by
Baret Loft Company
This is important: You will also require Building Regulations approval to convert a loft or attic into a habitable space so make sure your architect and structural engineer prepare the necessary building regulations plans, and structural specifications and structural calculations. Doing it on your own or skipping this step and heading straight to construction is certainly not advised as this could mean pocket-burning fines!