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Building a live our ridge line & planning permission

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lollipoppi Sat 18-Jul-15 17:05:57

We're in a bungalow and planning on building a double story extension at the back of our bungalow and creating 2 bedrooms upstairs. To get the full head height we would need to build above our ridge line by around 20 inches
Now I know this is not allowed within the building regulations, however, our next door neighbour who we are attached to has done it, and a bungalow at the back of ours has done it too.

I've had a couple of builders round and they have both said that as the other bungalows have done it they have "set a precedent" so we should be able to do it too.
What are the chances of it getting approved?

I don't really want to pay an architect £400-£600 in drawings of its not going to get approved by the council

lollipoppi Sat 18-Jul-15 17:20:02

Title fail! Building above our ridge line smile

PiratePanda Sat 18-Jul-15 17:35:11

Can you lower the ceilings in the floor below instead? I've seen that done successfully.

lollipoppi Sat 18-Jul-15 17:50:48

I don't think we can, I discussed this option with one of the builders and he said its a huge job.
We have around 40k to build a double extension and rearrange the rooms downstairs, relocate the bathroom ect.
I've absolutely no idea how much all this is going to cost as nobody will even give me a ball park figure without drawings, I think if we lowered the ceilings too it would tip is way over budget

lalalonglegs Sat 18-Jul-15 19:58:34

Isn't the government pushing through legislation giving an almost automatic right to extend upwards to the height of neighbouring properties?

lollipoppi Sat 18-Jul-15 20:36:16

I've not heard anything about that lala il have a look into it

mistlethrush Sat 18-Jul-15 20:38:40

The new 'PD' rights (permitted development) haven't been published yet - they were announced in the budget.

verystressedmum Sat 18-Jul-15 20:41:19

Surely if they gave permission for your neighbours to do it what reason would they have to turn you down?

vienaa Sat 18-Jul-15 21:17:32

All depends when they did it, there is a few houses round my way that when they did there 2 storey side sections they built flush to the front of the house, but its been a few years now that we have to go back 3 meters id you are doing a 2 storey extension.

lollipoppi Sat 18-Jul-15 21:29:56

It was done over 20 years ago hmm

I really hope we can go ahead with it if we can't we will have to move which I really don't want to do

Donthate Sat 18-Jul-15 22:01:26

You can ring your local planning office for advice. They would be best placed to say whether it is even likely to be passed.

mistlethrush Sat 18-Jul-15 23:12:02

But they only give 'officer advice' which Members don't have to go along with and is only one person's thoughts on the issue... so certainly not definitive.

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