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Permitted Development - Kitchens

Updated: Apr 13


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How Permitted Development can deliver your new kitchen in 2023


Permitted development rights allow homeowners to make certain changes to their property without the need to apply for full planning permission. One popular type of building work covered by these rights is the construction of a rear extension to create a new kitchen space. If you're considering adding a rear extension to your property to create a new kitchen, it's important to first check whether your proposed works are covered by permitted development rights. These rights apply to residential properties and are set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015, as amended. There are several types of building work that are generally covered by permitted development rights which allow to create the space you require for you new kitchen, including:


  • Extensions to a property to the rear and side of your home.

  • Installing or altering windows and doors including bi-folds and roof lights.


However, it's important to note that not all building work is covered by permitted development rights and in some cases, full planning permission will be required. This is often the case for larger developments or if the property is located in a conservation area or other designated area. To determine whether your proposed building works are covered by permitted development rights, you can check with us by giving us a call. We will be able to advise you on whether your proposed rear extension is likely to be granted permission under permitted development rights or if you will need to apply for full planning permission. There are also several conditions that must be met in order for a rear extension to be covered by permitted development rights. These include:


  • The extension must be single storey and must not extend more than 3 meters beyond the rear wall of the original house for a terraced or semi-detached property, or 4 meters for a detached property.

  • The maximum height of the extension must not exceed 4 meters.

  • Eaves height can’t exceed 2.5metres if its within 2metres of your boundary.

  • The extension must not cover more than 50% of the garden area.

  • The materials used in the construction of the extension must be similar in appearance to those of the original house.


It's also worth noting that even if your proposed building works are covered by permitted development rights, you may still need to comply with other regulations, such as building regulations. These regulations set out the minimum standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure they are safe and energy efficient. Adding a rear extension to your property to create a new kitchen can be a cost-effective way to add value to your home and create additional living space. With the right planning and advice, it can be a straightforward process that allows you to transform your home and improve your quality of life.

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