Home Renovations Wakefield | 7 Changes You Can Make Without Planning Permission

Home Renovations Wakefield | 7 Changes You Can Make Without Planning Permission

Wednesday 11 December 2019

If you’re looking to do some renovations next year such as an extension or loft conversion, it might come as a pleasant surprise to discover what can be done without needing planning permission. Provided they meet the criteria, small home improvements can actually be done under Permitted Development (PD). Read on this week to find out if your project falls under these rights.

What is Permitted Development?

Permitted development rights essentially mean you can carry out work without planning permission. Most properties have these rights, however, it is best to check with your local planning authority.

Internal Remodelling

Reconfiguring rooms is one easy way to make an old home feel brand new. You also won’t need planning for internal structural changes like moving walls and adjusting floors. Bear in mind, however, if your home is listed, you will still need consent but if it’s not, feel free to create extra bathrooms, a new kitchen and more!

Converting a Garage

Planning permission is not usually required to convert a garage for residential use. This is providing the work is solely internal and the garage won’t be enlarged in any way. A common issue, however, in conservation areas is that the local authority has actually revoked the right to convert so it is best to check before you start making any alterations to your garage.

Single-Storey Extensions

Under Permitted Development rights, you can build a single-storey extension. This is as long as the size is kept within the guidelines and the build doesn’t sit forward of the principal elevation.

Two-Storey Extensions

Multi-storey additions are also PD providing it as the rear of the dwelling. In addition, a two-storey extension must not exceed 3m in depth or be within 7m of the rear boundary.

Loft Conversions

Transforming an attic into a new living zone is a brilliant way to get more space but remarkably, some homeowners don’t because they think it will need planning permission. Thankfully, this is not the case as this type of project is mostly internal. There are still, however, some guidelines to follow so it is worth checking these out.

Windows and Doors

Under normal circumstances, you can replace or add windows without needing planning approval. This is also provided that the appearance of the house isn’t materially altered. Special rules, however, apply to side windows which should be fitted with obscured glazing. This is intended to protect neighbours’ privacy and is a common stipulation for windows.


Rooflights are a superb way to filter natural light into the home. They are generally permitted development but mustn’t sit more than 150mm from the plane of the roof. If, for instance, they exceed this limit then they would need planning permission. It’s also worth noting rooflights are not permitted on a dwelling in a Conservation Area.

Home Renovations Wakefield | New Year, New Home

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our post and learning more about Permitted Development (PD). Whether you’d like to overhaul your home or make some small changes, hopefully, this article has been a great help. Able to provide a whole host of improvements, if you have a specific project in mind, we would love to assist you next year. Our showroom is currently being updated but we are still open - why not pay us a visit and see our new kitchen models?! Thank you for reading.

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