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When Jane  bought her one bedroom upstairs terraced flat several years ago, she had the intention of converting the loft  and selling it 18 months later.  But as time passed her plans changed.

Not long after Jane bought her property in Furzedown, just  between Tooting and Streatham, the credit crunch hit and the "bottom fell out of the housing market".  Her plans of  converting the loft had to go on hold and she decided to stay put to ride out the financial storm.

Eight years on and Jane decided to take her plans off hold and have her loft converted into a new master, en-suite with an additional pod room.

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On Monday 14th September Lambeth Council gave the green light to the long anticipated Lambeth Building Alterations and Extensions Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPD).

Up until now many homeowners and landlords wanting to extend or convert their properties found their hopes thwarted having their plans turned down by restrictive regulations.

The new planning guidance which comes into force on 23rd September 2015, is great news for many of those people as they may find their plans are now acceptable.

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