Alterations to your home
Although some work may be ‘permitted development’, it is unwise to assume that you can extend or alter your home without applying for permission. The "rules" controlling permitted development rights were changed in 2012 and these changes were intended to make it easier to erect some extensions, convert lofts etc... without the need to obtain planning consent in every case. This relaxation was intended to be for a three year period. However the new rules are subject to some local interpretation and indeed in some cases have made the situation worse as tree houses and decking etc. now require a full application to be made. In any event, properties in Conservation Areas are subject to yet more constraints so an inquiry to the LPA is always worthwhile before embarking on any such projects.
It is strongly recommended that householders always contact Harrogate Planning to enquire whether proposed changes do require planning permission. You are advised not to accept the opinion of builders, contractors or installers of prefabricated extensions as authoritative. Please note that, even when work is classed as permitted development, it is required to comply with current Building Regulations.