Here at The House Crowd, we believe that well planned and properly implemented home improvements are a great method for increasing the value of residential property. Clearly, we are not the only ones with this outlook, as in the past year alone, almost 200,000 UK homeowners have applied for permission to alter or enhance their properties.

The Government recently announced it will press forward its plans to relax red tape restrictions and other, unnecessary bureaucracy from planning, making it simpler to carry out property modifications – great news! However, as these intentions are not yet set in stone, below we have provided the first instalment of our top tips for maximising your chances of gaining planning permission in the interim:

  • Carry out comprehensive research on the latest rules and regulations. It is important to know what you are doing, as it is worryingly easy to break planning laws unintentionally. Consulting a qualified architect or approaching your local council should help ensure you stay on the right side of the law. Builders, regardless of their likely good intentions, are an impartial party and shouldn’t be entirely relied upon.
  • Another advantage of doing your research is that you can actually make some significant modifications to a property without needing permission. Planning exempt developments include increasingly popular, small basement conversions and some rear extensions.

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