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Planning Permission?

Looking to purchase a house that has a loft conversion but does not have planning permission from local authority (Scotland). Is this something I should be concerned about?

Asked on Mar 18 2014, General in Greenock | Report content

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  • Hi scudsy, This is not really something you need to worry about unless the loft conversion has meant that there have been major structural changes made to the house, which is quite unlikely. According to the government's guidelines on planning permission, a loft conversion will almost always fall under what they call permitted development. This means that you do not need to apply for planning permission to carry it out. There are a few exceptions to this, though, so it could be good to make sure that none of these have been breached by the person who converted the loft. For example, there can be no extensions higher than the highest point of the house without planning permission, while you would also need approval for things like balconies, the use of materials that do not match the original house and a few other issues. I have attached a link that you can use to give you peace of mind before you buy at the bottom of this question. Many thanks, Scott

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    Answered on Mar 25 2014, Report content

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