If you need to add more space to your home, it makes sense to reconfigure your existing space before adding more. A loft conversion is well worth considering. A loft conversion is less expensive than moving to a larger house (and moving will always involve costs that cannot be recouped).
In most cases, loft conversions tend to be considered Permitted Development (PD), but your design will need to adhere to a number of specified parameters. If you plan on extending beyond the limits and conditions of PD, or your property is listed or located in a conversation area, then you will need to apply for planning permission. You will also need planning permission if you are altering the roof height or shape (which may be the case if you must raise it for headroom).
Rooflights and dormers can be installed under PD, but they must not sit forward of the roof plane on the principal elevation, nor must they be higher than the highest part of the existing roof.
When converting a loft, you will need Building Regulations approval. A building control surveyor will inspect your conversion at various stages and will be responsible for issuing a completion certificate upon final inspection.
If your home in semi-detached or terraced, then you will need to notify your neighbours of your planned work if it falls under the requirements of the Party Wall Act. We here at G&B Construction will work alongside you to ensure all Planning and Building Regs are met. We make sure to cross your “T’s” and dot your “I’s”