Business owner JJ Heath-Caldwell added an extra 50 per cent of living space to his home in Hampshire.
He describes how surprisingly quick and easy it was to get planning permission for a two-storey extension and loft conversion – without forking out for professional fees.
“I made an application for planning permission to my local city council,” recalls JJ, describing the start of the project to extend his detached four-bedroom home in a village north of Winchester. “Two months later they said yes!
“Looking back, I was surprised that planning consent was granted so easily. I had heard many friends’ tales of woe about refused planning applications. Even more annoying, lots of money wasted on hiring planning consultants and application fees to the council.”
Initially, JJ considered hiring a planning consultant to guide him through the process. But he was interested to find out more for himself, so did an online search for ‘planning permission Winchester City Council.’
“The local council website came straight up and contained lots of information about planning permission. I had found an excellent place to start.
“For some projects, such as loft conversions or conservatories, planning permission isn’t required as they are considered to be ‘permitted development’. However, for my extension, planning permission was required. I read on.
“There were lots of notes, most of them common sense, saying in effect the council would look favourably on applications for extensions that were not obtrusive to the neighbours or to the local environment. It also recommended that the applicant talked to neighbours to inform them about the proposed project.”
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