In most instances planning permission will not be required, however whether you need planning permission can depend upon where your home is situated as well as what you wish to convert the loft into, and how much you are extending it by.
We can advise on whether you will need planning permission, and ways you can avoid this requirement by adjusting your plans so that they comply with any building and planning regulations and any local restrictions on extensions and conversions to properties.
No. A loft conversion can mean whatever you want it to mean. There are a variety of loft conversions arrangements available. The one that’s right for your property will depend upon the size and shape of the property, the type of property, and what you want to use the converted space for.
In some instances, the height and shape of you loft may be sufficient enough already to mean that no additional building is required. In other cases you may need to build out or up depending on the existing property and your own plans. We can advise you on all available options, including extensions to the property at ground level where a loft extension may be insufficient for your needs or restricted under building and planning regulations.
It’s a common assumption that adding to the size of a property or opening up a loft can make the house harder, or more expensive, to heat, but neither of these are true as long as you plan for how to heat your loft and how to ensure that the rest of your property remains effectively insulated.
There are a range of eco-friendly options for loft conversions, ranging from double glazing and standard insulation to solar panels and underfloor heating. This means that a loft conversion can actually lead to improved energy efficiency in your home.
Because of the range of options available, an environmentally friendly, energy efficient loft does not have to cost an arm and a leg, and in most cases, the savings provided in improved energy efficiency will offset the cost of the work and materials. We can provide full advice on energy efficient, environmentally friendly loft conversions when we first discussion your loft conversion with you.