Neighbour Consultation Scheme on House Extensions

This scheme allows a greater than 3 metres up to 6 metres rear extension on an attached house or a greater than 4 metres up to 8 metres rear extension on a detached house, subject to all of the ADDITIONAL criteria:

  • The extension must be single storey and not exceed 4m in height.
  • The house must not be on Article 2(3) land (e.g. Conservation Area, AONB, National Park, etc) nor on a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

Before starting works

To ensure that you supply the Council with all the information it requires, please complete the application form given below and send it to Planning Control.

From 19 August 2019 the fee for this process will be £96.00.

An exemption to this fee can be claimed if:

  • The proposal is for extensions and alterations to a disabled person’s dwelling house to improve access, safety, comfort etc; or
  • An application for planning permission (for which a fee is payable) being made by the same applicant on the same date for the same site, buildings or land as the prior approval application.

Please read the guidance note for help completing the application form.

Consultation

The Council must consult the adjoining premises (minimum 21 days) and send a copy of the consultation letter to the developer.

What happens next

If none of the owners or occupiers of any adjoining premises object to the proposed development, then the Council must not assess the proposed development. Instead, the Council confirms to the developer that prior approval is not required (or fails to issue a decision within 42 days). This indicates that the works would comply with condition A.4 of the relevant legislation, and where possible, will indicate whether or not the works would comply with any of the other limitations or conditions within Part 1 Class A.

If any of the owners or occupiers of any adjoining premises object to the proposed development, then the Council must assess the impact of the proposed development on the amenity of all adjoining premises (not just the adjoining premises which are the subject of representations), and must take into account all representations made as a result of the consultation letter. To be able to make this assessment, the Council may require the developer to submit further information. If the Council gives prior approval (or fails to issue a decision within 42 days), then this indicates that the works would comply with condition A.4, and where possible, will indicate whether or not the works would comply with any of the other limitations or conditions within Part 1 Class A.

If the Council refuses prior approval, then this indicates that the works would not comply with condition A.4, and where possible, will indicate whether or not the works would comply with any of the other limitations or conditions within Part 1 Class A. The developer would have the right to submit an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate against the refusal.

If the Council confirms that prior approval is not required (or fails to issue a decision within 42 days) or gives prior approval, then the works must be undertaken in accordance with the information that the developer submitted to the Council, unless the Council and the developer agree otherwise in writing.

The flowchart below details this process and more information can be found on the Planning Portal.