Plan for your planning needs if planning a home extension…. seems like a plan!

Extend and Improve’ are becoming more and more key watchwords for many home owners right now in the light of rising house prices and increasing moving costs. We at Mint Builders would suggest this is very much the case locally in Cheltenham and The Cotswolds as much as it is in most parts of the UK.

Says Mint MD Simon West, “This seems very much to be the case here in Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds where our ‘Extend Instead’ campaign continues to gather momentum during this Spring period. Improving instead of moving seems very ‘in vogue’ this Spring here as much as anywhere else it seems”


On the subject of extensions, the web site highlighted recently the fact that the number of planning applications has soared by 25 per cent over recent years as home-owners attempt to maximise the space they have and need, rather than face the cost of moving to a new property.

basic issue

For those heading down the route of improving and extending their home, a key basic issue requiring some early thought and attention perhaps is getting to grips with the planning permission requirements your planned extension may need.


We at Mint Builders have the contacts and a guiding network to help with all these issues – but here, to further assist as well, compliments of is a modest, helpful, readable insight into getting a little more ‘in the know’ reference the ‘ins and outs’ of certain aspects of planning when it comes to home extensions.

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Government regulations allow ‘permitted developments’ without planning permission. To check your likely situation visit the Planning Portal to find details of the latest specific limits that would be relevant to you when planning for an extension. Then check whether your local planning authority has specific rules for your area.

Key points can include:-

a. Single-storey rear extensions must not go further than three metres from the original rear wall of a semi-detached or terraced house, or four metres for a detached house.

b. Two-storey extensions must not go further than three metres from the rear wall of any type of property.

c. A maximum of half the area of land originally surrounding the property may be built on

d. Single storey rear extensions can be up to four metres high.

reducing the scope

Although applying for planning permission can feel like a hurdle to avoid at all costs, it is in fact usually free! If you’ve planned your project well, getting planning consent doesn’t add much time to its overall duration. It’s rarely worth reducing the scope of your home extension project substantially simply to avoid the need to apply for planning permission.


There are architects and architectural designers who work with all types of property and you’re most likely to get a suitable solution for your home if you work with one who has experience planning for extensions to your type of property at your budget.


Also you can always ask the neighbours and friends in the local area for recommendations – face to face or on a community website or Facebook page. You can also look up relevant planning applications as these will contain perhaps the details of the professional who drew up the plans.

We at Mint, who work with various local architects, are happy to make an introduction too

Refurbishment, improvement and extension – Mint offers a full extension development and finishing service to add value to your home.

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