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New house extension approved in Essex



Romford, Essex.


Prior Approval Planning Application submitted and approved for a extension under the government's "larger home extension scheme."

Following an initial consultation with the applicants it was decided to add a new swimming pool and glazed link to provide access from the main unit (which is itself a barn conversion) in the existing style of the amin unit and area itself. The glazed link provides a more contemporary residential adjunct but at En-Plan we are great believers in the concept that old and new can sit side by side and compliment each other.   We will be posting updates as the project progresses from concept to the completion.

Romford is a town in East London, England, located in the London Borough of Havering. It is part of the Greater London metropolitan area and is situated approximately 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) northeast of Central London. Romford has a long history and has evolved from a market town into a bustling suburban area with a mix of residential, commercial, and retail developments.

Some notable features and attractions in Romford include:

  1. Romford Market: Romford has a historic market that dates back to the 13th century. The market operates on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, offering a variety of goods, including fresh produce, clothing, and more.

  2. The Brewery Shopping Centre: This shopping and leisure complex in the heart of Romford offers a range of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options.

  3. Romford Town Centre: The town center features a mix of shops, restaurants, and cultural facilities, providing services and entertainment for residents and visitors.

  4. Queen's Theatre: The Queen's Theatre is a cultural hub that hosts a variety of live performances, including plays, musicals, and other theatrical productions.

  5. Raphael Park: A popular park in Romford with a lake, gardens, and recreational facilities, offering a tranquil escape from the urban environment.

  6. Transport Links: Romford is well-connected by rail, with frequent train services to Central London, making it a commuter town for many who work in the city.

The town has a diverse population and offers a range of amenities and services. It is also known for its vibrant local community and social activities. Please note that the details about Romford may have evolved or changed since my knowledge cutoff date in January 2022, so you may want to refer to more recent sources for the latest information about the town.

In England, you can often build onto an existing extension under the larger home extension scheme, but it's crucial to understand the specific rules and regulations that apply to your situation. The Larger Home Extension Scheme, which is also known as Permitted Development Rights (PD), allows homeowners to extend their homes without the need for full planning permission in some cases. However, there are restrictions and conditions to be aware of:

  1. Size Limits: Under PD, there are specific size limits for extensions. For example, as of my last knowledge update in January 2022, a single-story rear extension can extend up to 6 meters for an attached house or 8 meters for a detached house.

  2. Height Restrictions: There are also height restrictions for extensions. For a single-story rear extension, the eaves height must not exceed 3 meters, and the maximum height of the extension must not exceed 4 meters.

  3. Materials and Appearance: The materials used in the extension must be in line with the appearance of the existing house.

  4. No Extension Beyond Half the Original House: The extension should not extend beyond half the area of land around the "original house." There are specific guidelines to determine what constitutes the "original house."

  5. Neighboring Consultation Scheme: If your proposed extension falls within certain size limits, you may need to notify your neighbors and obtain their consent. This is known as the Neighboring Consultation Scheme.

  6. Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings: If your property is in a conservation area or is a listed building, the rules and restrictions may be more stringent, and you may need full planning permission.

  7. Other Conditions: There may be other conditions related to the use of the extension and the impact on neighboring properties, light, and privacy.

Keep in mind that planning rules and regulations may change, so it's important to check with your local planning authority for the most up-to-date information and to confirm that your specific project qualifies under the Larger Home Extension Scheme. It's also advisable to consult with a professional architect or builder who is familiar with local regulations to ensure that your extension complies with all relevant rules and standards.

Bi-fold doors, also known as folding or sliding doors, can offer several benefits when incorporated into an extension or any part of a home. Here are some of the advantages of using bi-fold doors in an extension:

  1. Natural Light: Bi-fold doors typically have large glass panels, allowing an abundance of natural light to enter the space. This can make the extension feel brighter and more welcoming, reducing the need for artificial lighting during the day.

  2. Improved Views: With their expansive glass panels, bi-fold doors offer unobstructed views of the outdoors, whether it's a garden, patio, or scenic landscape. This can enhance your connection to the surrounding environment.

  3. Indoor-Outdoor Living: Bi-fold doors create a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces. When fully open, they effectively blend the interior and exterior areas, making it easy to enjoy your garden or outdoor living space.

  4. Ventilation: Bi-fold doors can be partially opened to allow for natural ventilation, helping to regulate temperature and freshen the indoor air. This is particularly useful during warmer months.

  5. Space Efficiency: Bi-fold doors fold and stack neatly against the wall when opened, which maximizes the available space and provides a wide opening. This design can make your extension feel more spacious and versatile.

  6. Versatility: Bi-fold doors are available in various configurations, sizes, and materials, allowing you to choose options that best suit your design preferences and functional needs.

  7. Energy Efficiency: High-quality bi-fold doors come with energy-efficient glazing and frames, which can help improve insulation and reduce heating and cooling costs in your extension.

  8. Aesthetic Appeal: The sleek and modern design of bi-fold doors can add a contemporary touch to your extension, enhancing its overall aesthetic appeal.

  9. Security: Many bi-fold doors come with robust locking mechanisms and toughened glass, ensuring your home remains secure.

  10. Accessibility: Bi-fold doors are easy to operate and can provide accessible entrances to the extension for individuals with mobility challenges.

  11. Increased Property Value: Adding bi-fold doors to your extension can potentially increase the resale value of your property, as they are a desirable feature for many homebuyers.

  12. Privacy Options: Some bi-fold doors have integrated blinds or shading solutions that allow you to control privacy when needed.

  13. Low Maintenance: Depending on the material and finish you choose, bi-fold doors can be relatively low-maintenance and durable.

It's important to choose high-quality bi-fold doors and have them professionally installed to maximize these benefits. Additionally, consider your specific needs, the climate in your area, and your design preferences when selecting the right type of bi-fold doors for your extension.

If you would like to find out more about how our Planning Consultancy and Architectural Design Services can work in perfect sync to achieve a successful outcome in the planning system please CONTACT US and we will be only too happy to talk through any questions or development proposals you may have.


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Bomere Heath



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