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What is a party wall agreement and do I need one?

A party wall agreement is required if your home has a wall that is connected to another property on either side. Each neighbour will have to be informed of the proposed works using a party wall notice form at least two calendar months before the intended start of the build. The party wall agreement is there to protect you and your neighbour from issues that might arise due to work done on the party wall. It draws up an agreement…

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What is permitted development?

If your property is not in a conservation area or is a flat, you have permitted development rights (PD). This means you can usually develop your loft space without needing to gain planning permission. Your development will need to keep within the PD constraints i.e. terraced properties are allowed to develop an additional 40 cubic metres of extra space. Semi-detached and detached properties = 50 cubic metres.

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What is the difference between permitted development and planning permission?

With planning permission, you are asking the council if your proposed scheme of works is acceptable. It is open to rejection by them and/or your neighbours and will have to follow the local development plan. With permitted development, you are asking the council to simply confirm that your scheme fits within the permitted development criteria. The council will issue you a Lawful Development Letter if they agree. Technically, you are not required to have the Lawful Development letter in place…

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How much head height do I need in my loft to be able to convert it?

Whether you’re in North London, West London, South London or anywhere else in between and whether you are converting a mansion block or a terraced home, there are certain head height requirements you must adhere to in order for your loft conversion to be compliant. As a rule of thumb, you need 2.2m between the top of the floor joist of the loft to the bottom of the ridge beam.

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