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Foundation construction at the new extension in Old Catton, Norwich.


Norman Drive , Old Catton, Norwich, Norfolk.


Approved  Development: Single storey rear extension granted prior apporval under the Governments larger home extension scheme.


Following initial discussion with the client it was decided to allow for a single storey modern extension to the rear to allow for an dinning room  and create a larger  open plan area for the family to use.  The property is post war in design and construction and is located in the historic village of Old Catton.


Old Catton is a historic village located in the English county of Norfolk, just northeast of the city of Norwich. The area has a rich history that dates back centuries. Here is an overview of the history of Old Catton and its connection to Norwich. The region around Old Catton has evidence of early human settlement dating back to prehistoric times. Archaeological findings suggest that people have inhabited the area since the Mesolithic period, around 8000 BCE. After the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the region came under Norman rule. Norwich, including the surrounding areas like Old Catton, developed as an important medieval market town. The city was granted a royal charter in 1194, which helped establish its status as a center for trade and commerce. The village of Old Catton was historically part of the Catton Estate, owned by the Catton family. The estate included a manor house, which was built in the 17th century and still stands today as Catton Hall. The Catton family had strong connections to the city of Norwich and were influential in local affairs. The 18th and 19th centuries brought significant changes to Old Catton and the surrounding area. The Industrial Revolution led to the expansion of Norwich as an industrial city, with the growth of textile manufacturing and other industries. Old Catton remained a relatively rural village, but it saw some development during this time. Famous Residents: Old Catton is notable for being the birthplace of the renowned author Anna Sewell, best known for her novel "Black Beauty." Sewell was born in Old Catton in 1820 and spent her early years in the village before moving to other locations. Her work has had a lasting impact on literature and animal rights advocacy. In the 20th century, Old Catton underwent further development and urbanization, particularly after World War II. The expansion of Norwich and the growth of suburbs led to increased residential construction in the area. Today, Old Catton retains its village charm while being closely connected to the city of Norwich. It is a sought-after residential area known for its historic buildings, green spaces, and proximity to both the countryside and urban amenities. The village's rich history is still evident in its architecture and the remnants of its past, reminding residents and visitors of its long-standing heritage.


The plans were submitted to Broadland District Council under the Government Prior Approval Scheme.

The Prior Approval Larger Home Extension Scheme, also known as the Permitted Development Rights for larger home extensions, is a planning policy in England that allows homeowners to extend their properties without the need for a full planning application. It was introduced by the UK government in 2013.

Under the scheme, homeowners can extend their houses by up to a certain size within specific guidelines and restrictions. The aim is to provide homeowners with more flexibility to extend their properties while reducing the bureaucracy and time associated with obtaining full planning permission.


The scheme allows homeowners to extend their properties up to a maximum size, which varies depending on whether the property is detached or attached (semi-detached or terraced). The size limits are subject to change, so it's important to check the current regulations.  Before proceeding with the extension, the homeowner must notify their adjoining neighbors about the proposed development. Neighbors are given the opportunity to raise any concerns or objections within a specific timeframe. If objections are received, the local planning authority will assess the impact of the proposed extension on the amenity of neighboring properties.


While the scheme grants certain permitted development rights, there are still design and technical criteria that must be met. These include considerations such as the height, width, and overall design of the extension, as well as compliance with building regulations. Local Authority Notification: Homeowners must submit a prior approval application to their local planning authority, which includes details and plans of the proposed extension. The authority will assess the application based on the criteria set out in the scheme.

It's important to note that the Prior Approval Larger Home Extension Scheme applies in England only, and there may be variations in regulations and requirements in other parts of the United Kingdom, such as Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Additionally, local planning authorities have the power to set additional criteria or limitations within the permitted development framework, so it is essential to consult with the relevant authority to ensure compliance with specific local regulations.


Approval was granted under the Neighbour Consultation Scheme and as you can see by the phtographs the eextension has been a huge success.

If you would like to read more about this scheme and how we can help you please go to our Prior Approval Home Extension page. Please contact us for a free no obligation consultation.  We look forward to talking through any proposals you may have.

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