Like all construction projects, attic conversions are often subject to planning issues. However, with over 150 years of combined experience, the loft conversion specialists at Econoloft solve all kinds of problems for our customers. From party wall issues to complying with permitted development rights, we find reliable solutions for any planning issues you may face. Because loft conversions are our area of expertise, we identify potential problems early on to ensure you have the most stress-free building experience. No matter your needs, we deliver professional solutions that keep your loft extension in St Albans on track and meeting your requirements.
The following are some of the most common planning issues we come across as a loft conversion company, but we are adept at solving all other problems. If you need honest, expert advice about attic conversions, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team.
A conservation area is a designated area with extra planning controls and considerations in place and they exist to protect architectural or historical interest. In addition, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) have protection under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. These protections mean the construction of loft conversions is subject to further restrictions and requirements.
Because Econoloft is a comprehensive loft conversion company with in-house architectural technicians and draftsmen, we provide advice and solutions for building in conservation areas in St Albans and the UK. This covers planning permission and any specific restrictions, such as having to use matching materials.
Compliance with Permitted Development Rights
The main reason for loft extension refusal is the failure to comply with permitted development policies. While our loft conversion specialists carefully design attic conversions in St Albans to meet the criteria, you may have plans from another contractor that do not comply.
Econoloft offers expert solutions that ensure loft conversions fall within permitted development rights. This may include resolving issues such as:
• Loss of Light or Overshadowing
• Poor Design
• Appearance or Materials
• Objections from Neighbours
• Impact on a Listed Building or Conservation Area
• Previous Planning Decisions
Party Wall Issues
If planning a loft extension on a terraced or semi-detached property in St Albans, your project may involve work to the party wall, which is the wall between your house and your neighbour’s. Under the Party Wall Act 1996, you must notify your neighbours of intended work that will affect the party wall. They then have the right to disagree with your plans.
If this happens, our loft conversion specialists help resolve the dispute in line with the processes set out in the Party Wall Act. Having been operating as a loft conversion company since 1986, Econoloft helps resolve party wall issues quickly and calmly, so all parties are happy.