Plan­ning per­mis­sion for base­ments

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Con­vert­ing an ex­ist­ing cel­lar falls un­der per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment, as long as it doesn’t change the ex­ter­nal ap­pear­ance of a home – if you wanted to add or en­large lightwells, for ex­am­ple, then a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion would be nec­es­sary.

In re­al­ity, many cel­lars are lit­tle more than coal-holes with in­ad­e­quate head­room that do not run the full length of the house.

In or­der to make them into wow-fac­tor rooms it is nec­es­sary to ex­ca­vate down and out, un­der­pin, build new struc­tural sup­ports and foun­da­tions, and wa­ter­proof the space. This level of work will re­quire per­mis­sion – as will ex­ca­vat­ing any base­ment from scratch.

The plan­ning rules re­gard­ing base­ments are cur­rently un­der re­view, so it’s es­sen­tial to con­tact your lo­cal author­ity be­fore­hand to find out how amenable it is to a sub­ter­ranean build­ing pro­ject.

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