Lawful Development Certificate Secured for Permitted Development Home Extension

We are pleased that our client’s proposed home extension has been considered lawful by the Council under permitted development.

McLoughlin Planning was first approached to apply for planning permission to extend our client’s new home. However, upon reviewing the proposal, we found that much of the work could be lawfully done under permitted development rights.

Many homes in England benefit from permitted development rights. This allows homeowners to extend and alter the property without the need for formal planning permission. Such works can include rear, side, and loft extensions to create more internal space. In this instance, the proposed rear extension and alterations to a side extension roof did not need planning permission.

Our client wanted formal reassurance that what we had found was supported by the Council before commencing work. Therefore, we prepared and applied for a Lawful Development Certificate. This type of application allows homeowners to secure a formal answer from the Council on whether their proposal is permitted development.

Applying for a Lawful Development Certificate can offer peace of mind before you start work, avoiding potential risks of Enforcement. Furthermore, having a record of the work with the Council can sometimes help with the future sale of your home.

Working with the Forest of Dean District Council on this case, we set out a clear checklist of how the proposal is permitted development. This allowed the officer to determine the application within the allotted 8 weeks. We are pleased that our client can now extend their family home with the peace of mind they were after.

Our experienced team regularly works with homeowners on various extensions, alterations, granny annexes, and garden offices to help find the right way forward.  If you would like an initial free consultation call, then please get in touch with Chris Moore at 01242 895008 or