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Home Extensions And Permitted Developments

Home extensions and permitted developments

If you are interested in building a home extension in Aberdeen, there are several things that you need to be aware of. Many minor changes and small extensions do not need planning permission from the local authority, these can be covered under permitted development rights, but you will need to seek out planning permission for others.

Is planning permission always needed?

Although many home extensions do need planning permission, some projects that are within a metre of the boundary do qualify under permitted development. No matter what happens, you can count on us to help you find the right way forward. Even if you do require planning permission, we can guide you through the process to help you get the right outcome.

Permitted developments and conservation areas

There are many minor alterations and extensions that come under the scope of ‘permitted developments’. These don’t require planning permission. However, if a building is located in a conservation area or is a listed building, homeowners may have less freedom than they otherwise would. Works on a dwelling set in a conservation area nearly always require planning permission.

When deciding whether to grant permission, the authorities will want to ensure the character of the area is preserved or enhanced. Homeowners wishing to make changes to their properties can head to the Aberdeen and shire Council websites. The site will tell them if they are located in a conservation area.

Listed buildings

If you want to make changes to a listed dwelling, you will almost certainly need Listed Building Consent. A key difference between Listed Building Consent and Planning Permission is that no fee needs to be paid to apply for the former. As there are more than 1,200 listed buildings in Aberdeen, you may be living in one without realising. If you think there is a chance your home is or is part of a listed building, find out before you make any changes.

More about planning permission

The purpose of planning permission around extensions is to ensure decisions are consistent. It also promotes high quality design solutions and traditional building techniques and materials. Planning permission restricts the expansion of buildings to promote harmony within communities too.

Why build a home extension?

Home extensions can benefit you in many ways. They can add value to your home and give you more space to work and play. They can also house new kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Many people build extensions to avoid moving to a new house. An extension can help you fall in love with your home all over again.

Aberdeen home extensions from Steen Property Developments

Contact Steen for further information on investing in a home extension which complies with local authority regulations. We can design and build extensions that suit your needs perfectly. Over the years, we have become renowned for our workmanship, affordability, and passion for delivering a high-quality service. Talk to us today to find out more about home extensions in Aberdeenshire.

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