Planning permission isn’t usually required for loft conversions as they usually fall under the category of permitted development. However, if you’re making major changes to the roof or exceeding the size restrictions for your property type, then you must apply for planning permission. To find out if you need permission, visit the Planning Portal.
Does loft conversion require planning?
One of the most important decisions when planning a loft conversion is the location of stairs. It is important to position stairs strategically within the space in order to maximize space. Another consideration is door placement. A poorly placed door can give the impression of a boxy space while a properly positioned door will make the room feel more spacious.
Another consideration when planning a loft conversion is the placement of windows. Ideally, 20 percent of the roof area should be covered by glazing to maximize the amount of natural light coming in. The shape of the roof also influences the placement of windows. A long, shallow room would benefit from a number of small windows, whereas a deep room would benefit from one large window.
If you’re looking to add an extra room to your home, a loft conversion is a great alternative. In addition to saving you the hassle of moving, a loft conversion is cheaper than moving. Moving house requires a deposit, additional expenses, settling the children at a new school, packing all your belongings, and a long commute to work.