Latest extensions – Neighbour Consultation Scheme

Latest extensions – Neighbour Consultation Scheme


On 9 May 2013, secondary legislation was put before Parliament which will

increase the size of single-storey rear extensions which can be built under

permitted development. It will also bring into force the neighbour

consultation scheme. This draft guidance is issued to provide initial

information on how the scheme will work. The Householder Permitted

Development: Technical Guidance will be fully updated once the secondary

legislation has been approved by Parliament and has come into force.

For a period of three years, between 30 May 2013 and 30 May 2016

householders will be able to build larger single-storey rear extensions under

permitted development. The size limits will double from 4 metres to 8 metres

for detached houses, and from 3 metres to 6 metres for all other houses.

However, if any adjoining neighbour raises an objection within a 21-day period, the

local authority will take this into account and make a decision about

whether the impact on the amenity of all adjoining properties is acceptable.