rabbitstew Posted November 8, 2017 Share Posted November 8, 2017 One reason I bought my current house is that there was an obvious potential to extend the side of it. However I never got around to applying for planning permission until just now, some 10 years later. I got a very good architect to give us some suggestions and pointers. He has designed something which is in keeping with the existing building but allows us to redesign the inside more in keeping with how modern houses are laid out. Basically what we are wanting to do is to pull down a ramshackle existing single story extension on the side of the house and rebuild it, but a fraction bigger and in order to off-set the costs built it as a double story extension. This will give us a nice sized new kitchen and a 4th bedroom upstairs with an on-suite. The new extension will be about 14m2 bigger than the current one. It doesnt overlook anyone, does not impact on light to any of the surrounding properties and all my neighbours, who I spoke to before putting the plans in, are more than happy with the extension. The local planning officer has came out and said he is also more than happy and didnt foresee any issues. I currently have 400m2 of garden & drive around the house and our building to plot ratio is a lot smaller than any of the surrounding houses, who all seem to have virtually no garden due to their houses being so large. So it was all looking very straight forward until it went to the local Town Council who review all applications. They have no building or architectural experience and are normal "people off the street". They have said they think its "over development". I am at a loss as to how they can say that, when the new extension is only taking 14m2 of a 400m2 garden/drive. Thats only about 3.5%! The part of the garden the extension will be on is an unused waste bit of garden to the side of the house, which has no impact on us being able to use the rest of large garden and even after the extension our remaining building to plot ratio will be miles smaller than any of the surrounding houses. Does anyone have any experience of this sort of thing? Is there an actual technical definition as to what is "over development". I am quite puzzled, especially when a bloke 500 yards away has got permission to build 9 houses in his back garden. The planning officer genuinely seemed really surprised by the Councillors decision and has said I can attend the next meeting and try and put my case forward if needbe, but it all seems rather strange so far! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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