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Transform Your Dark Dusty Loft Into A Light and Airy Living Space

Loft conversions are by far the best way to create more space in your current house without the need for an extension or other building work outside.

Loft Conversions

Loft conversions are by far the best way to create more space in your current house without the need for an extension or other building work outside.

Planning Permission

Planning permission for Loft Conversions is not normally required. However, permission is required if the space is above 40 cubic metres for terraced or 50 cubic metres for other houses.
From 1st October 2008 a loft conversion for your home is considered to be a permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres for terraced houses
  • A volume allowance of 50 cubic metres for detached and semi-detached houses.
  • No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway.
  • No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
  • Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house.
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  • Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.
  • Roof extensions not to be permitted development in designated areas*.
  • Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as practicable, at least 20cm from the eaves.

*Designated areas include national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.
Building Regulations

Building regulations approval is required to convert a loft or attic into a liveable space.

Read more about building regulations relating to loft conversions.

Protected Species

Work on a loft or a roof may affect bats. You need to consider protected species when planning work on this type. A survey may be needed, and if bats are using the building, a licence may be needed.

• Contact Natural England for more advice.
• View specific information regarding Bats (PDF 33Kb)

Disclaimer: this is an introductory guide and is not a definitive source of legal information. Read the full disclaimer here.

NOTE: This guidance relates to the planning regime for England. Policy in Wales may differ. If in doubt contact your Local Planning Authority.
More information about Planning

  • How does the planning system work?
  • Find out how to make a planning application or an appeal.
  • Make an online planning application or an online appeal.

More information about Building regulations

    What are the building regulations?
    Find out how to get Building Regulations approval.
    Building regulation determinations and appeals.

Things to consider before you start
Be it a Loft Conversion, Garage Conversion or a Barn Conversion, Regency Contracting can assist in all aspects of the job from drawing up final plans from your ideas, even if you have scribbled them on a piece of paper, to giving you the finish that you deserve.  Plus all work will be above local authority regulations and will have the usual warranty if applicable.

We'd be happy to come and discuss your ideas and plans without any obligation and certainly no hard sell.

Either request a quote or call us on 01452 372 229.