Appeal against a refusal of prior approval for a larger home extension (with a depth of 6 metres)

Appeal Allowed (Prior Approval Granted) on 11 September 2023

ealing extension appeal

42 Dordrecht Road,
W3 7TF

Council: London Borough of Ealing

We win dozens of appeals for single-storey rear extensions each year. We are particularly successful with appeals against refusals of prior approval for larger home extensions (extensions of up to 6 metres deep on a terraced or semi-detached house and up to 8 metres on a detached house).

In the last two months, we won three such appeals, this one in Waltham Forest, this one in Redbridge and another in Redbridge.

This particular case was a little different. There had been no objection to the extension from any neighbours so, under the prior approval system, the council needed to make no further assessment.

However, the extension also needs to comply with the general requirements of permitted development for ground floor extensions.

The council had argued that the guttering to one side of the extension projected a little to the side and was therefore not directly in line with the rear of the house. They argued, absurdly, that it was not truly a rear extension.

6 metre extension

The appeal inspector had little time for this argument. He pointed out that the government’s own technical guidance for permitted development rights says that you should not take account of guttering when assessing extensions. 

Prior approval was granted and the extension may go ahead!

If you have been refused panning permission or prior approval for an extension (or any other kind of development for that matter), get in touch with us now for advice on your chances at appeal. 

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