Permitted development rights are essentially a scheme, created by the government, that allows you to extend/renovate your home without the need for a full planning application.

Check out the Planning Portal website link below for more information.

You will need planning permission for your extension if it:

- covers more than half the area of land surrounding your home
- extends towards a road
- increases the overall height of the building
- extends more than 6m from the rear of an attached house (until 30 May 2019)
- extends more than 8m from the rear of a detached house (until 30 May 2019)
- is taller than 4m
- is more than half the width of your house
- uses different materials to those of the original house
- includes a balcony or raised veranda
A room in your garden is a great way to create additional space for activities that you may not be able to accommodate in the home.

Many people find that for practical and monetary reasons they cannot extend their home, but have plenty of room in the garden.

These are some of the most popular purposes for an outbuilding:
Office, Sauna cabin, Pool house, Storage, Plant room, Kennel, Games room, Studio.

Cladding changes may fall under Permitted Development, which allows householders to improve and extend their properties without seeking specific planning approval.

Fibre cement cladding boards - huge selection of colours / low maintenance
Depending on the roof structure and planning constraints, a loft conversion is one of the most straightforward ways of getting extra space.

Almost all houses can benefit from this extension with a bit of basic planning.
Heat pumps qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which provides regular quarterly income payments direct to your bank account. These are tax-free, index-linked and designed to recoup your installation costs over the seven-year duration of the RHI.

The amount you receive varies depending on the amount of renewable heat your system generates and the type of heat pump installed. Ground-source heat pumps receive larger payments than air source (19.1p per kWh of renewable energy compared to 7.42p per kWh) which reflects the difference in installation costs.