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Can I build an extra house in my backyard?

If you're thinking about adding an extra house to your backyard, you're not alone. Many people across the UK are considering similar projects.

Local planning policies in the UK often encourage more building in areas that are already developed. This is because these areas usually have good access to transportation, shops, and services.

With the UK's growing population, there's a greater need for more homes. This has led to building in rural areas around cities, towns, and villages. However, policies now prioritize building on previously developed land rather than open land in the countryside.

One way to meet these policies is by looking at our own residential properties. Many homes have large gardens that aren't fully utilized, and there are often bits of unused land between or alongside buildings in urban areas.

But getting permission to build a new house in your garden isn't always easy. There are many factors to consider.

Backland development refers to building on land that might not be visible from main roads, such as the space behind houses. These sites often have good road access from the rear or side of a property.

However, even if local policies encourage denser development, getting planning permission for a separate house in your garden is not guaranteed. Various factors need to be considered for a successful proposal.

For example, your property must have direct access to the road, either through a boundary fence or an access road. It's also important to consider your local authority's regulations and policies for getting planning permission for backland developments.

Each council's local planning documents will determine whether your proposal needs to meet additional standards and requirements. For instance, in areas with heritage significance, the design of your proposed development must be sensitive to the surrounding environment.

Moreover, you need to consider how your development will affect your neighbors. Issues such as privacy, overshadowing, and parking can impact their lives and may lead to objections.

Additionally, certain areas like Green Belt land or conservation areas may have restrictions on development.

There are different types of sites for backland development, each with its own challenges. These include corner plots, land to the rear of properties, side plot extensions, and internal plots within estates.

To increase your chances of securing planning permission, you must consider various planning considerations such as space, access, privacy, wildlife, waste disposal, and design.

Design typologies for backland developments vary and may include mimicking the style of surrounding properties, creating mews-style properties, or adopting a modern design approach.

Local involvement is crucial for any development project. Engaging with your neighbors from the outset and keeping them informed throughout the process can help alleviate objections.

At Quicklandbuy, we have experience navigating local politics and securing planning permission for backland developments. We can help ensure that your project is feasible and meets all necessary requirements. Whether it's a simple extension or a more ambitious multi-building project, we'll work with you to maximize your chances of success.

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