Home Extensions

Applications for home extensions

A home extension can give you much needed space and add value to your home!

Just Planning is highly experienced at preparing drawings and householder planning applications across the London boroughs. We are particularly active in the West London boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow, Hillingdon & Brent and offer our services throughout England & Wales.

We can help you prepare an application to extend the rear and side of your home, your porch or rear dormer (with loft conversion) and can apply for outbuildings and other alterations to your home.

Some alterations require planning permission and other don’t. However, it is advisable to apply for a ‘certificate of lawfulness’ to confirm that your plans meet the relevant permitted development regulations.

We can prepare a full set of planning drawings, a detailed supporting statement and submit and manage your application from start to finish.

For more advice on how you might be able to extend your home and how Just Planning may be able to help, please get in touch.

Our top tips when considering home extensions

Designing and building the home extension of your dreams is not as easy as it may first appear. The planning system can be particularly difficult to navigate. Here are our five top tips:

  1. Hire a good architect who knows the policies and culture of the local planning department and is familiar with planning for home extensions. Just Planning can assist you with planning advice, preparing plans and submitting and managing your applications.
  2. Think about what you really want and need. Once an application is approved, you must complete the development exactly as shown n the plans. Even enlarging a window or moving a door can prove surprisingly tricky. Similarly, don’t necessarily apply for the largest extension you think you can get away with. Building costs increase with every square metre of extra space and smaller spaces, cleverly designed, are often the best option. Bigger isn’t always better (or affordable).
  3. Talk to your neighbours. Take them round a copy of your plans and explain what you want to do, so that they aren’t startled by the council’s ‘neighbour notification’ letter and send in an objection. Councils are paying closer attention to the views of adjoining occupiers, in line with the government’s ‘localism’ agenda.
  4. Think ‘permitted development’. Some types of home extensions don’t require planning permission, subject to certain restrictions. Large loft conversions and deep ground floor extensions may be obtained relatively hassle free. It is usually worth seeking a certificate (‘of lawfulness’) before starting works. The government has a helpful animated overview of permitted development rights on its planning website (www.planningportal.gov.uk).
  5. Don’t be afraid to appeal a planning refusal. Council planning officers are a conservative bunch, hopelessly overworked and often working from dated policies. Just Planning wins more than 70% of appeals it undertakes in relation to home extensions and offers a free consultation on whether an appeal may succeed. Check out our planning appeals page for more details on the service we provide.