Refused Planning Permission For A Residential Extension In Lambeth
If your planning application is rejected in Lambeth, it is usually due to one of the following reasons:
Your proposal has a negative impact on the character and appearance of the area, the street scene, or the setting of a heritage asset;
Your proposal has a detrimental effect on the living conditions of your neighbours, such as loss of light, outlook, privacy, or amenity.
If you have been refused planning permission, you have two main options:
You can appeal against the decision to the Planning Inspectorate. However, this process can be time-consuming and the outcome is uncertain;
Alternatively, you can take note of the reasons for refusal, make changes to your proposal, and resubmit the application. This is often the most viable way forward and can be a quicker route to approval.
How Long Does It Take To Get Planning Permission In Lambeth
Typically, it takes 8 weeks from the date of application to obtain planning permission in Lambeth. However, some applications may take longer if your case officer requests an extension. If you agree to the extension, a new deadline will be set and a decision will be made on or before this new date. Around 80% of applications are decided within the 8 week period or an agreed time.
Extending Your Home In Lambeth
If you are planning to extend your residential property in Lambeth, it is important to note that the official guidance states that rear extensions should not extend more than 3 metre into the garden. However, this guidance is outdated and in most cases, you can get more.
In fact, many residential extensions and alterations do not require planning permission in Lambeth. Instead, they can be carried out under a process known as Permitted Development. However, if you are planning to build an extension larger than 3 metres in depth for terraced or semi-detached houses (or 4 metres in depth for detached houses), you will require planning permission or another process, known as the Larger Home Extension on process.
The process is more complicated when you live in a flat or maisonette. Here, almost all extensions and alterations will require planning permission.
For more information on residential extensions, you can visit the national planning website, Planning Portal.
HMOs In Lambeth
If you own a property in Lambeth that is currently being used as a HMO, but doesn’t have planning approval, it may be possible to obtain a Lawful Development Certificate to establish the HMO use as the lawful use of the property.
These certificates require detailed evidence to be submitted for assessment by planning officers and because of this, most people will find it helpful to engage the services of a local planning consultant with a proven track record of success dealing with such applications.
allPlanning have helped several clients to be issued with certificates in Lambeth in recent times.
Getting Planning Permission In Lambeth
If you’re planning to extend your property in Lambeth, the first step is to determine whether you need planning permission. Some alterations, extensions, or changes of use may not require planning permission, which is known as ‘permitted development’. However, if you live in a conservation area or your property is listed, different rules apply.
If you do require planning permission, the first thing to do is to understand the planning policies in Lambeth and how their planning officers interpret those policies. You can search their website for similar applications that have been assessed to get an idea of what to expect.
It might be worth considering hiring a planning consultant to help you save time and money and increase your chances of getting planning permission. A planning consultant can help you with designing your extension to meet your needs and comply with planning policies, preparing and submitting your planning application and supporting documents, and negotiating with the council and addressing any issues.