They allow certain types of development to proceed without the need for a planning application, since planning permission for them is deemed to be granted. This legislation was introduced on 1 October 2008.
The new regime seeks to simplify the system by replacing rules based largely on volume calculations, which are often difficult to work out, with an 'impacts-based' approach.
- Garages and other outbuildings may not need permission depending on their size and distance from the road, the amount of land taken, together with other extensions.
- Extensions may not need permission depending on their length of projection, height and distance from the boundary of the property garage or exterior. Along with outbuildings, extensions which occupy more than half the area of your garden require planning permission.
- Conservatories count as extensions if attached to the house or if freestanding are governed by height and size restrictions.
- Satellite dishes. (Guidance is availalble on the Communities and Local Government website entitled 'A Householder's Planning Guide for the Installation of Antennas, including Satellite Dishes' (external link).
- Lofts and dormers may not need permission depending on the additional volume, height and whether the extension faces the road.
- Porches need permission if more than 3 square metres area, 3 metres high and less than 2 metres from the boundary with the road.
- Paths and hardstandings may not need permission depending on their location, size and means of construction.
- Fences and walls need permission on open plan housing estates, or if above 1 metre high within 2 metres of a road or footpath or above 2 metres high elsewhere.
This information is supplementary to The Wigan Replacement Unitary Development Plan Written Statement.
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