LATEST NEWS ALERT - PD LOFTS FOR 200mm SET IN

When dealing with the local borough Authority's, we find that not all of them are consistent in their approach in dealing with applications especially Permitted Development applications. The reason is the council have their own way of interpreting the rules set out by the government which is very annoying as we try to design based on PD policy and find the council change the design

Waltham Forest District Council's Policy on Loft Conversion 200mm set in rule - Jan 2021

WORRYING NEWS FOR HOMEOWNERS THAT MAY BE IN BREACH OF PLANNING

Fig - 1.1

Today we received an email from Waltham forest District Council for a request for an amendment needed to get plans approved for a Hip to gable Loft conversions design with rear Dormer. The council asked our team to set the rear dormer check wall in by 200mm from the main house wall as opposed to the 200mm set in from along the roof plane. 

 

We then replied to the case officer in charge explaining that all of our loft conversion designs are based on the measurement across the roof plane set in by 200mm this has always been the case and all other 31 boroughs have approved designs based on this principle by our clients obtain a certificate of lawfulness with plans issued and approved as shown in diagram taken from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Technical guidance - Sep 2019 - See fig 1.1

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Our Interpretation of the above guidelines

Note the dormer being set in 200mm along the roof plane as you see in most loft conversions designed and built across the board. The rear dormer wall construction is built on the existing external inner wall leaf of the property giving you maximum space (still complying with the PD allowed volumes) and saving a steel beam to support the dormer rear wall. See Fig 1.3 & 1.4

Fig - 1.2

Note

Note

Fig - 1.3

Fig - 1.4

The new loft floor is supported on hangers fixed to the existing wall, with dormer sitting on the internal inner leaf for support

Loft wall sitting on wall inner leaf

WHICH IS THE BEST ROUTE TO TAKE WHEN DESIGNING YOUR LOFT CONVERSION?

SPD LOFT CONVERSION EXAMPLES

SPD loft designs are smaller in size where the new dormer will need to be subordinate in size to the roof of the house and do not appear as dominant feature. Rear dormers should be symmetrically located and be 0.5m below the ridge and 1m set in from boundaries and eves. Also hip to gabe design would be classed as an in balce of the two semi's so are not favoured. Application duration, 8-weeks costing £206.

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I hope you understood this article and find it useful for your proposals we just want you to get the right results and not to make a mistake in doing the build the wrong way around as this could affect the sale to the next purchaser. Regards John. D.

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