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.
Rising stamp duty and skyrocketing house prices have meant many Lambeth residents have taken a ‘don’t move – improve’ approach, extending or improving their existing homes by converting the loft into extra living space. By extending their homes with a loft conversion, growing families are able to meet their need for extra living space without leaving the borough they call home.
To answer the growing demand for space and acknowledging that existing legislation was too restrictive, Lambeth Council's new Building Alterations and Extensions SPD is substantially more permissive. In terms of roof extensions to non heritage buildings, residents will now have much greater ability to expand their current properties than ever before.
The new planning guidance is quite in-depth covering a broad range of alterations. To help, we've made a brief run-down of the new planning guidance as it applies to roof alterations and loft extensions:
The details on the new allowances for mansards on non heritage builds or assets, goes into much further detail than other sections of the SPD but with the main points being:
The new supplementary guidance goes into a lot of detail and has far reaching and positive effects for many Lambeth homeowners and landlords thinking of converting their loft space.
We work closely on our loft conversions with Landmark Architects' RIBA accredited team. They stay completely up to date with all new planning regulations across all the London boroughs we serve including Lambeth. This means you can rest assured that any loft extension managed by Landmark Lofts will be built within the existing parameters of your borough.
You may download the full Supplementary Planning Guidance from the Lambeth.gov website.
Landmark Lofts is part of the Landmark Group - the only group in London specialising in the project management of loft conversions, extensions and refurbishments to include a Chartered Building Company (CIOB), Chartered Architectural Practice (RIBA) and to be regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The Landmark Group specialises in the project management of loft conversions, extensions and refurbishments.