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I bought some old outbuildings which come with planning permission for change of use to a 2 bed dwelling. Have to admit, I dont think much of the plans. I reckon that by changing a staircase position, moving a door opening and switching a kitchen with a bathroom, I can get three bedrooms in. Do I need to apply for a variation/new permission or can I get the shell of the finished project sorted (I've got no plans to alter any of the exterior), get it signed off and then make alterations to meet my plan. Not sure if this possible.
Hi, I would talk with Building Control in the first instance, not Planning, as they are generally more common-sensical and will advise if they think anything counts as a variation on the approved plans. If you're really not changing window or ventilation point or access doors, I think you should be OK to change the internal layout.
However, on second thoughts, if you add a bedroom this might get you into real trouble. Won't Planning have rules on the amount of parking you need to supply, and it will definitely change your Section 106 "contribution" (aka local tax) if your council operates this. Check the conditions on the planning permission carefully. In my area an upgrade from 2 to 3 bedrooms means at least one more dedicated parking space and a big leap in Section 106, as a 3-bed means the future occupants are likely to have secondary-school age children.
I would be very interested to see how you get on with this as I want to do the same thing. It's been a year since we got planning permission and now we are near to starting the build we have decided that we want to split one big bedroom into two (partition wall) to make an additional room.
I would have though this would be ok since you wouldn't need permission for an internal change like this normally. As with you there are no external variations (windows etc). I was planning to ok it with the building regs guys when they first visit, but am not sure if this is the correct approach.
My concern is the parking issue. But there are many folks nearby doing loft extensions on terraced houses where there is no parking provision at all provided by their properties.
Be useful to get some feedback from anyone else out there who has some experience of this?
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